Results and Accomplishments
2,507 acres of land was placed under a perpetual conservation easement, restricting any future development. Additional projects in the area are being planned, and this project motivated the county's involvement in the Georgia Greenspace Program. Other state programs are being considered for funding by the state legislature.
The property contains a notable mix of species common to the Appalachian Mountains, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain all in one place! Controlled public access is allowed for recreation and environmental education. Annual field trips for more than 30,000 school children are funded through donations. Naturalists help educate adults and children about sustaining our natural environment.
The forest is managed under sustainable management practices following Sustainable Forestry Initiative protocols. This project consolidates and connects public forests (Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park) through the use of conservation easements on private forest lands, along with the protection and restoration of the Montane Longleaf Pine ecosystem.