Red Hills Region
What is a Conservation Easement?
Financial Incentives for Donating
Easement Processes and Costs
Q&As About Tax Incentives
Land Trust Accreditation
Planning and Advocacy
Land Use and Community Planning
Economic Benefits of the Red Hills Region
ISSUE BRIEF: Red Hills Economic Impact Analysis
ISSUE BRIEF: Red Hills Economic Value of Ecosystem Services
Greater Red Hills Awareness Initiative
Publications & Links
Land Conservancy Publications and Links
Economic Impact Study Publications
The Economic Impact of the Red Hills Region of Southwest Georgia and North Florida describes the $147.1 impact generated by quail hunting properties in the historic Red Hills Region. These hunting properties not only create and support 1,400 jobs, they also protect one of the most ecologically significant landscapes in the United States.
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The Economic Impact of the Quail Hunting Lands of Georgia’s Greater Albany Region tells the important story of the vital contribution of quail hunting to rural Southwest Georgia. This publication, completed in late 2014, includes county by county analyses of the tremendous economic impact and job creation tied to this traditional rural land use. To view the publication, click here.
Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Red Hills Region of Southwest Georgia and North Florida. Ecosystem services are the things that nature provides that directly benefit people. These services include water purification, drinking water recharge, climate regulation and many others. The University of Georgia study on which this publication was based estimates the economic value of critical natural services provided to the public by Red Hills forests exceeds $1.1 billion annually. This publication identifies limited sources of payments for ecosystem services and strongly recommends that local, state and federal governments take vital ecosystem services into account when considering proposals that could adversely affect the forests and other natural systems that provide these services. To view the publication, click here.
Ochlockonee River. In this beautiful publication, nationally respected environmental writer Richard Lenz highlights the river’s rich history, critical natural resources, threats to the river, and the need for conservation in the watershed, through stunning photography and his rich narrative.
Conservation Subdivisions Coming to the Panhandle. In this article, which originally appeared in the June 2006 edition of Florida Planning, Red Hills Planning Coordinator Neil Fleckenstein provides an overview of conservation subdivisions including their history, the economic and environmental benefits of these green developments, their limitations, and local and national examples of well-designed conservation-based developments. He also offers recommendations for local governments considering allowing conservation subdivisions.
Using the Conservation Tax Incentive. If you own land with important natural or historic resources, donating a voluntary conservation easement (also called conservation agreement) can be one of the smartest ways to conserve the land you love, while maintaining your private property rights and possibly realizing significant federal tax benefits. This brochure, published by the Land Trust Alliance, summarizes the conservation easement tax incentive and provides answers to some frequently asked questions.
Aucilla River. In this companion to Ochlockonee River author Richard Lenz profiles another of the Red Hills’ spectacular water bodies. This publication accentuates the Aucilla River’s cultural heritage and natural beauty, taking the reader on a leisurely float down one of Florida’s most beautiful rivers.
The Cost of Community Services – The Value of Agricultural Lands & Open Space in the Red Hills Region of Southwest Georgia and North Florida summarizes the results of each of the three technical studies. This publication also contains information describing the increasing attention local governments are paying to alternatives to costly, sprawling patterns of development and describes the benefits associated with well-planned growth.
The Red Hills of North Florida and Southwest Georgia. Also produced by Richard Lenz, this brochure and map that highlights cultural, historical and ecological wonders of the Red Hills. Map can be found here.
Living Green, produced by the University of Florida for WUFT-TV/DT, is a public television series focusing on how communities work together to help preserve natural resources. Each episode highlights a specific environmental issue. The focus of Episode 3 was conservation easement, and featured interviews with Kevin McGorty, Director of the Tall Timbers Land Conservancy and Dr. Christine Ambrose, TTLC’s Land Stewardship Coordinator. Also featured was Mr. Joseph Moody, who donated a 537-acre easement on his property in Thomas County, Georgia, making it Tall Timbers’ first farmland easement. To order this 30-minute DVD, please visit the Living Green web page.
Tall Timbers works with a number of other conservation organizations to promote exemplary land stewardship and smart growth planning. Check out our conservation partners by visiting their websites: