Chattowah Open Land Trust
Chattowah Open Land Trust (COLT) was formed in 1994 by a group of citizens alarmed by rapid sprawling development.  It has since grown into a Southeastern non-profit organization, with a full time staff, protecting thousands of acres of farm and forest land.  COLT is fully recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, charitable organization allowed to hold conservation easements in perpetuity.

When COLT began we focused on riparian areas, thus the name: CHATTahoochee River and EtOWAH River combined.  Since then, COLT has expanded its focus to protect any land with conservation value, including agricultural land, forest land, urban green space, as well as land along rivers. 

Georgia Land Trust, Inc., Alabama Land Trust, and founding organization The Chattowah Open Land Trust, have a mission of "protecting land for present and future generations." We achieve that mission by helping private landowners protect their land with conservation easements and holding monitoring those easements in perpetuity. Organizationally, we have been responding to the loss of landscapes and the need for land and watershed conservation for more than fifteen years. We focus on forests and farm land, riparian corridors, and lands linking to other protected areas. In 2011, through a facilitated process, we created an explicitly stated strategic plan to guide our efforts in those focus areas. The plan is intended to guide our activities through 2016.

Georgia Contact
Kat Nelson,
Staff attorney and Director of land protection, SE Georgia
Cell: 912-401-8064

Alabama Contact
Josh Holmes,
Director of Land Protection, Alabama and Northwest Georgia
Cell: 256-282-8600

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Contact Chattowah Open Land Trust

Katherine Eddins
Executive Director
428 Bull Street
Suite 201
Savannah, Georgia  31401
Phone: (866) 656-5263
Fax: (888) 876-3883


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee

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