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About the Southeast

About the Southeast Region

Faced with rapid loss of environmental and land resources in the fastest developing region of the country, concerned citizens have organized land trusts across much of the Southeastern U.S. and have nearly doubled the pace of land conservation this decade.

Citizens of the region have responded to these threats in part by establishing land trusts to save many cherished but vulnerable natural places and community green spaces. Most of the 170 active land trusts working across the Southeast are relatively young, but dedicated to saving land and water resources fundamental to the survival of the South’s natural and cultural heritage — its “green legacy.”

The natural heritage of the Southeastern U.S. is imperiled as its human population growth surges and stresses the region’s environmental resources. Each year, more 800,000 acres of the region’s forest and farmlands have been consumed by development over the past 20 years. Global warming and sea level rise have already impacted the region.

The Land Trust Alliance is committed to helping land trusts across the Southeast increase their pace of land conservation, enhance their quality of performance and program strength, and assure permanence of their organizations and the lands they protect.

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Preserving Land and a Legacy in Alabama

Preserving Land and a Legacy in Alabama

AL - The Harvard-educated lawyer deeply cared for his Alabama hometown – one of steel and historic social change. He played a major role in the integration of Birmingham’s steel mills and was lauded for his commitment to civil rights with honors during his lifetime and after his passing. But during and after fighting the good fight, his heart and mind often found solace in the lovely mountains and rivers of North Alabama near Mentone.

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