With forested plateaus, stark ridges, and fertile valleys teeming with wildlife, Georgia’s rich wilderness has supported life and livelihoods since ancient times.
Along Georgia’s Macon Plateau, the Open Space Institute more than doubled the size of Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park and helped provide additional protection for the park’s celebrated earthworks, marvels of ancient engineering that constitute one of America’s most important archeological landscapes.
On the coast, OSI played an instrumental role in turning one of the largest unprotected, undeveloped properties along the Atlantic seaboard into Georgia’s celebrated Ceylon Wildlife Management Area.
And in northwestern Georgia, OSI’s groundbreaking Resilient Communities program aims to help residents harness land-based solutions to mitigate destructive floods, heat “islands,” and other climate change impacts that afflict these communities.
Since 2007, we’ve made grants and loans totaling $6.2 million, which have helped the state’s conservation groups and agencies protect 12,609 acres of their most important places.