Planning and Advocacy

Ephemeral pond on easement protected land in the rural Red Hills.

Ephemeral pond on easement protected land in the rural Red Hills.

The Mitchell House, mixed use development in downtown Thomasville.

The Mitchell House, mixed use development in downtown Thomasville.

For more than 20 years, the Tall Timbers Land Conservancy has played an active role in land use, community planning and issue advocacy. We undertake these activities because we recognize that we cannot conserve every acre of land in the Red Hills Region. Therefore, we are strong supporters of “smart growth.” Smart growth is development that is fiscally responsible, enhances local communities and their economies, and protects the natural, scenic, and cultural resources of rural lands such as the Red Hills.

In order to support the adoption of local smart growth policies, Tall Timbers planning staff works closely with local governments and the public developing regional transportation plans, communities’ comprehensive growth plans, and zoning codes. This work also allows us to ensure that Red Hills conservation interests are included in these planning processes. We also work on economic analyses that show the value of land conservation and rural land protection. In addition to our work on planning issues, occasionally, we have taken advocacy positions on difficult issues that could threaten the ecological integrity of the Red Hills. To learn more about issues in which the Tall Timbers Land Conservancy is involved, visit one of the links below: