We obtained a full copy of the release about the agreement between the City of Euharlee and the Georgia Land Trust, Inc. to manage the conservation easement. Read more about the announcement below.
Georgia Land Trust, Inc. to Monitor and Protect City of Euharlee’s Conservation Easement on Dobbins Mountain
Conservation Leader to Monitor and Steward 100-Acre Significant Wildlife Refuge in Bartow County
(Euharlee, Ga. – March 1, 2011) – The Georgia Land Trust, Inc. (GLT), a non-profit 501(c)(3) conservation organization headquartered in Savannah, Ga., announced today that it has signed an agreement with the City of Euharlee to assist in the monitoring and stewardship of a 100-acre conservation easement on Dobbins Mountain. Last year, the city designated the easement in Bartow County as a significant and permanent wildlife refuge.
According to the agreement, the GLT, which protects more than 110,000 acres of land in Georgia with conservation easements, will utilize its staff to further the goals of protecting the refuge property. The group will conduct regular site visits (with city officials) and will update the baseline ecological condition report as needed. Additionally, the GLT will make annual presentations to the city on the status of the refuge and will provide instruction for Euharlee employees or representatives on implementation of the wildlife habitat management plan.
“We are excited about helping to protect this beautiful and environmentally pristine land on Dobbins Mountain,” said Katherine Eddins, executive director of the Georgia Land Trust, Inc. “The wildlife refuge is positioned in one of the largest contiguous tracks of hardwood forest remaining in the Pettit Creek watershed. The watershed directly impacts the City of Euharlee and flows into the Etowah River. Our involvement helps protect these vital resources for future generations.”
The primary purpose of the refuge is to preserve wildlife and wildlife habitat in perpetuity. The refuge will protect downstream water quality and headwater tributaries that support the threatened and federally protected Cherokee dater. Additionally, it preserves 100 contiguous acres of hardwood forest from encroaching development and is of sufficient size to serve as a wildlife corridor and habitat for sensitive species.
Eddins added, “The Euharlee wildlife refuge advances Bartow County’s policy of avoiding development in environmentally sensitive areas, preserving natural resources and allocating at least 20 percent of land to green space.”
The conservation easement is a legal agreement between the property owner and the easement holder (the City of Euharlee) to limit development on the property. The parcel is located between SR 20 and US 411 in Cartersville and was created as a conservation easement by Cartersville Ranch, LLC.
About Georgia Land Trust, Inc.
Georgia Land Trust, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) conservation organization headquartered in Savannah, Ga. dedicated to protecting land for present and future generations, primarily by helping private landowners establish conservation easements on family and investment lands. Georgia Land Trust protects more than 110,000 acres in Georgia. Georgia Land Trust, Inc. and its affiliate organizations, including Alabama Land Trust, Inc. and founding organization The Chattowah Open Land Trust, Inc., permanently safeguard more than 172,000 acres of land with more than 480 conservation easements, thereby protecting more private land than any other regional conservation group in the southeast. Learn more at www.galandtrust.org.