The Northwest Georgia Land Protection Fund worked to protect ecologically significant landscapes through the financial support of local land conservation partners. By providing grants and loans, the fund targeted land that has been designated as critical habitat under Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan which supports game as well as non-game species.
The Northwest Georgia Land Protection Fund was funded in part by the Lyndhurst and Benwood Foundations. Read more about state wildlife action plans (SWAPS) here.
The Northwest Georgia Fund made $1,696,000 in grants helping land trusts protect 4,885 acres with a full market value of $23,323,000. This Fund has committed all of its initial funds to eligible projects and is not accepting applications at this time.(July 2012)
Read the program summary report: Protecting the Best: Wildlife Habitat Conservation in Northwest Georgia.
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Of the 293,000 acres identified for protection under the SWAP in northwest Georgia, 204,000 acres remain unprotected. There are more than 76,000 acres that have been designated as high priority.
The fund has protected 4,900 acres of high-priority habitat as identified on Georgia’s SWAP, increasing protection of higher priority lands by as much as 10% over current levels. The fund has also raised visibility about the SWAP in general, and the need and opportunity for conservation in northwest Georgia in particular, while helping to strengthen local land trust transactional capacity.
The fund has worked closely with the State of Georgia, as well as with county and local governments and other public agencies; national, regional and local land trusts; and other conservation groups. Preference for funding was given to nonprofit groups working in partnership with public agencies, but under exceptional circumstances the fund has provided funds directly to public entities, e.g. state or county governments.
The focus of the fund was on the following counties of northwest Georgia: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Gordon, Chattooga, and Floyd.