Land conservation improves quality of life and protects Georgia's natural resources.
Local governments can use land conservation initiatives to build better communities by facilitating smart growth and protecting greenspace.
The Georgia Land Conservation Program (GLCP) awards low-interest loans to cities and counties for permanent land conservation projects, including fee-title purchases and easement acquisitions. A low-interest loan is a great option for cities and counties that are committed to carrying out land conservation as a part of their long-term plans to improve quality of life for their citizens. Loans may include principal forgiveness of up to 30 percent of the total project cost. The Georgia Land Conservation Revolving Loan Fund is managed by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
A Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), or bond measure on a ballot with greenspace conservation as a focus, can help preserve a jurisdiction’s natural resources. There are also other sources of local funding for land conservation, which can be used to match state land conservation program dollars, as well as private and federal sources of financial support. Civic groups such as the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, etc., can incorporate local land conservation into their service projects.
Grants to local governments that conduct nonpoint source water pollution abatement projects are available through the EPD 319(h) grant program.