The Southern Appalachian Land Protection Fund was launched in 2005 as a response to an increasing demand among southern land trusts for both permanent and interim funding for conservation transactions.
The Fund emerged after OSI completed a comprehensive assessment (Southern Appalachian Assessment) in 2004 that documented growing threats to the region’s forestlands and biodiversity. The study was funded by the Merck Family Fund and the Z. Smith Reynolds and Lyndhurst Foundations.
Working throughout the Southern Appalachian mountain region, the Southern Appalachian Land Protection Fund focuses on helping to finance transactions that protect ecologically significant landscapes in the western regions of North and South Carolina; northern Alabama and Georgia; and eastern Tennessee. Depending on the availability of funding, the Fund will also entertain proposals from other states in the Southern Appalachians, including Virginia and Kentucky.
As of 2012, OSI has made fourteen loans and grants totaling $17.5 million to help local land trusts protect over 15,000 acres in North Carolina and Georgia.
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