Oconee River Land Trust (ORLT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to land conservation, achieved through conservation easements. Easements are voluntary land protection agreements between a landowner and the land trust. ORLT has worked to permanently protect many types of land, including natural habitat for plants and animals, riparian buffers, wetlands, working lands, and scenic or historical land.
ORLT was accredited in August 2009 by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the work of the nation’s land trusts endures.
Since its inception in 1993, ORLT has protected 2,258 acres on 29 conservation easements. ORLT conservation easements can be found throughout Northeast Georgia in these counties: Baldwin, Jackson, Oglethorpe, Clarke, Walton, Barrow, Madison and Oconee.
Permanently protected land provides many benefits. Undisturbed land enhances air and water quality, provides habitat for native plants and animals, provides green refuges for people, and helps communities retain their green visual appeal.