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St. Simons Land Trust


As a member of the St. Simons Land Trust, you can be sure that your dollars go to work directly in our community to preserve the scenic and natural qualities of the Island.

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St. Simons Land Trust

Conservation Resources

Georgia Land Conservation Program

The Georgia Land Conservation Program (GLCP) works to preserve a statewide network of land and water resources for current and future generations to use and enjoy. The GLCP promotes partnerships between cities and counties in Georgia, state and federal agencies, landowners, and other private sector partners to protect the state's valuable natural resources.

The GLCP provides a flexible framework and land conservation funding options including grants, low interest loans, and tax incentives which augment local, state, and federal funding sources to achieve the permanent conservation of land through the acquisition of conservation easements and fee simple ownership.


Georgia Tax Credit

The purpose of the conservation tax credit is to increase the financial incentives for a willing landowner to donate land or place a permanent conservation easement on their property. Taxpayers can claim a credit against their state income tax of up to 25% of the fair market value of the donated property. The credit is limited to $250,000 for individuals, $500,000 per corporation, and up to 1 million (in aggregate) for partnerships.


Benefits of Conserving Land

Georgia is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. It is also a state, full of natural beauty and rich in natural resources and wildlife habitats. But what kind of State will we leave our children and our grandchildren? Georgia is among the fastest growing states in the nation and development pressures are still great. On average, 108 acres are being converted from forest and farmland to rooftops, parking lots, and roadways every day in Georgia.