Preserving Georgia Natural Resources
Governor Perdue introduced a landmark initiative to encourage the long-term conservation and protection of the state's natural, cultural and historic resources in the 2004 session of the General Assembly. The Georgia Land Conservation Act passed with broad bipartisan support and the Governor signed it into law on April 14, 2005.
The Act establishes a trust fund and a revolving loan fund of over $150 million in state, federal and private funding, which will be available to local governments and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect conservation lands. The legislation encourages partnerships between local governments, DNR, other state and federal agencies and the private sector, with the intent of preserving
The Act also establishes the Georgia Land Conservation Council, which will is responsible for reviewing and approving all project proposals for the distribution of funds. The legislation calls for the Georgia Land Conservation Council to include the State Property Officer, the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Executive Director of the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and four additional members appointed by the Governor.
In 2005, Governor Perdue reinforced his commitment to protect
By placing land conservation at the top of his budgetary and legislative priorities, Governor Perdue made a commitment to future generations that we will preserve
With the Governor’s continued commitment,