Georgia Conservancy

Founded in 1967 at Sweetwater Creek State Park by a group of concerned citizens, the Georgia Conservancy collaborates, advocates and educates to protect Georgia's natural environment. Through its focus on clean air and water, land conservation, coastal protection, growth management and education, the Georgia Conservancy works to develop solutions to protect Georgia’s environment and promote the stewardship of the state’s vital natural resources.

Called “the state’s most influential environmental organization” by Georgia Trend magazine, the Georgia Conservancy, a statewide, nonprofit organization, serves as an advocate for clean air and water through programs such as Mothers & Others for Clean Air and as a founding member of the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC). The Georgia Conservancy, through its work with GWC, was active in the development of a statewide water management plan to ensure Georgia’s waters remain clean, abundant and available for all Georgians. Today, the water program continues as the Georgia Conservancy works to influence and track the state's water conservation implementation plan as part of the statewide water plan, which passed by the state legislature in 2008

Other recent Georgia Conservancy successes, to name only a few, include:

  • launching the Coastal Georgia Land Conservation Initiative in partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Association County Commissioners. The initiative will protect critical coastal lands and promote sustainable land use and development practices through comprehensive mapping, education and technical assistance
  • assembling and facilitating a team of air quality, policy and health experts to revise guidelines on appropriate outdoor activity when air quality is poor
  • securing $250,000 in state funds to assist schools with installing pollution control devices on metro-area school buses.
  • and, in 2008, teaching more than 292 teachers in 18 environmental education workshops around the state, reaching nearly 14,000 Georgia students.


Coastal Office
428 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 447-5910

Contact Georgia Conservancy

Will Wingate
Land Conservation and Legislative Director
817 West Peachtree St.
Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia  30308
Phone: (404) 876-2900 Ext. 103
Fax: (404) 872-9229


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Georgia

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Related Success Stories for Georgia Conservancy

Callaway Conservation
The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation protected 2,507 acres of forest. Forest restoration, education and recreation activities continue under the terms of the conservation easement.

Pine Mountain Georgia
The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation Preserve adjoins Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park with rare Montane Longleaf Pine. A conservation easement was sold to the State to maintain this land in forest use.