We elevate nature through exceptional stewardship

Based in Georgia, the Southern Conservation Trust is a US 501 (c)(3) public charity, EIN 58-2036727, that elevates nature through exceptional stewardship through over 65,000 acres of conserved land and public lands throughout the southeast, including 6 public nature areas in Fayette County, Georgia, and the Fayette Environmental Education Center. We don’t just believe in protecting land, we believe people should have equal access to enjoy it.

Our History and Future

Founded in 1993 in Fayette County, Georgia, the Southern Conservation has grown from a local community land trust to a nonprofit leader in conservation, environmental education, and public nature areas in the southeast.

Land & Wildlife conservation

Based in Georgia, we protect over 65,000 acres of working farms, forests, scenic and historic landscapes, rivers, and vital wildlife habitat in 13 states throughout the southeast.

environmental education

We provide environmental education through our Fayette Environmental Education Center (FEEC) and encourage meaningful interaction with nature.

public nature areas

We operate The Ridge Nature Area, Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary, Morgan Grove Nature Area, Nesmith Preserve, Wildcat Woods, and the Fayette Environmental Education Center.

financial transparency

Integrity and openness in financial practices are our highest priorities. SCT pledges to wisely steward entrusted resources by using every dollar to its fullest potential.

We protect and conserve land in 13 states

The Southern Conservation Trust currently conserves land in 13 states throughout the United States with a focus on the southeast. This map shows where our conservation easements are located.

The secret of success, our team!

The Southern Conservation Trust is one of the fastest-growing Land Trusts on the East Coast. Our innovative team works hard to conserve over 65,000 acres, manage six public nature areas, and provide environmental education through our very own Fayette Environmental Education Center. Learn more about our staff and board.

Transparency is everything.

The Southern Conservation Trust is governed by a responsible and engaged Board of Directors. The Board establishes policies, sets budgets, oversees operations, and reviews organizational accomplishments.

Wisely Stewarding

Financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Contributions to the Southern Conservation Trust are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Transparent Accounting

SCT receives professional tax services and obtains an annual audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards from Fulton & Kozak LLP, an independent public accounting firm.

Privacy Policy

The Southern Conservation Trust is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We would like to make you aware of our Privacy Policy, and to inform you of the way your information is used. We also provide you with the opportunity to remove your name from our mailing list, if you desire to do so.

Information Collected

Contact information: name, complete address, phone numbers, email address. Relationship information: employer, business name, civic association relationship, how you heard about the Trust, another person you referred to the Trust. Payment information: We collect your card number and expiration date at the time you make a credit or debit card donation, but maintain that information in our files only if you sign up for an ongoing monthly donation. To be clear: we do not keep your card information in our database unless you authorize us to do so. Information you wish to share: comments, suggestions.

How we use your information

Southern Conservation Trust uses your information to support our conservation mission at your direction, and to provide you with the information you request. Credit/debit card numbers are used only for donation or payment processing and are not retained. We use the comments you offer to provide you with information requested, and we take seriously each recommendation as to how we might improve communication.

Occasionally the Trust will publish the names of our donors, for example in a newsletter or annual report. The specific amount donated is not made public, unless you authorize such upon our request. Listing your name could very possibly help increase donations from your personal or business network. However, if you wish, you may request a specific donation, or all donations, be anonymous.

No sharing of personal information

Southern Conservation Trust will not sell, rent, or trade your personal information to other organizations, period. Use of donor information will be limited to the internal purposes of the Trust and only to further the nonprofit activities and purposes of the Trust.

Remove your name from our mailing list

From time to time the Trust distributes periodic mailings or emails related to news about our conservation program, educational and fundraising events, specific fund-raising appeals, and newsletters. It is our desire to not send unwanted mail. Please email us if you would like to be removed from our mailing list.

Contact us with any questions or concerns

If you have comments or questions about our donor privacy policy, please send us an email at [email protected] , leave a voice message at 770-486-7774.