The Georgia Land Conservation Program (GLCP) strives to protect and conserve Georgia's natural resources, as well as its rich and varied cultural legacy through public/private partnerships.
The GLCP provides financing for local governments, state agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) for permanent land conservation projects. The GLCP works to ensure these projects align with the state's culture of conservation and resource stewardship.
Eligible land conservation initiatives should advance at least one of 10 conservation purposes:
- Water quality protection for rivers, streams, and lakes
- Flood protection
- Wetlands protection
- Erosion reduction through steep slopes, areas with erodible soils, and stream banks protection
- Protection of riparian buffers and other areas that serve as natural habitat and corridors for native plant and animal species
- Prime agricultural and forestry lands protection
- Protection of cultural sites, heritage corridors, and archaeological and historic resources
- Scenic protection
- Recreation provisions in the form of boating, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, running, jogging, biking, walking, and similar outdoor activities
- Connection of existing or planned areas contributing to land conservation outlined by the Land Conservation Act.
The GLCP also funds the administration of the Georgia Conservation Tax Credit Program, which offers tax incentives for eligible donations of conservation lands and easements.