A mix of Altamaha River bottomland hardwood and forested pine uplands provides habitat for one of Georgia’s largest populations of gopher tortoise, a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Protecting Georgia Forestland:

The Conservation Fund

Protecting Georgia Forestland:

The Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund (TCF), which focuses on the intersection of conservation and community, believes that environmental protection and economic vitality are inseparable. With support from the Foundation during the last three decades, TCF has protected more than three million acres of critical habitat in all 50 states, including Civil War battlefields, expansive ecosystems, and working forests.

Foundation funding of $7 million, demonstrating a public-private partnership with the federal government, will help TCF protect 14,225 acres of land in Georgia, more than 7,000 acres of which abut and are leased as part of the Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will purchase an easement on these lands, using the parcel as a recreational area and to enhance gopher tortoise habitat on sandy sites. The remaining 7,154 acres comprise two separate sections near or adjacent to Fort Stewart. The Army, through its Compatible Use Buffer program, will buy a conservation easement from TCF to stop the encroachment of residential development.