Dear Fellow Conservationist:

We are excited to announce that the Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust (CVLT) is merging into the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust (GALT)! The Board of Directors of each land trust are setting the wheels in motion to accomplish this merger.

As you may be aware, CVLT and GALT share the same, important mission – to protect land for present and future generations. Thus, it is not surprising that CVLT and GALT have had much success from sharing staff resources and operating as affiliates for the past twelve years. And, after merging, land protection and stewardship activities will continue much the same as they have for over the past decade, both within the Chattahoochee Valley area, and throughout the rest of Georgia and Alabama. By merging, however, a significant amount of time and expense that is otherwise needed to maintain two separate non-profits, will be saved. The reduced cost and increased efficiency will result in more land being protected. In short, the current shared missions of CVLT and GALT will be better achieved by merger. The merger will be effective December 31, 2017.

All our conservation efforts will continue across Georgia and Alabama, including protection of the important Chattahoochee Valley area. GALT will strive to protect new lands in the Chattahoochee Valley that have significant conservation purpose. Several members of the current CVLT Board will join the GALT Board. After merger, we will have protected a combined 370,000 acres of open space forever – making us the largest, regional nonprofit conservation easement holder of private lands in the Southeast.

Much of this success is due to Landowners, such as yourself, who donated voluntary conservation easements on their private lands, many of which are in the Chattahoochee Valley Area. For this reason, we want to ensure that prior supporters of CVLT are aware of the pending organizational change and to ask for your continued support of GALT. Whether you use your land for recreation, hunting, growing trees, or farming, please consider a conservation easement with GALT as a tool to safeguard your land and the Chattahoochee Valley’s rural and natural heritage.

We look forward to working with you to achieve your land protection goals. Finally, thank you for your generous support of CVLT in the past. We hope you will continue to support CVLT’s mission – to protect land in the Chattahoochee Valley for present and future generations – through that shared and continuing mission of the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust.

Yours in conservation,

Katherine Eddins, Executive Director