Conservation Easement Workshop, 2017 @ Burge Plantation
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The workshop is full.  Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Click here to download the registration packet.

The Conservancy hosts the longest-running annual conservation easement workshop in the state. Now in our 13th year, we are partnering with the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust (Accredited) and the Atlanta Chapter Appraisal Institute to bring you this timely workshop designed to facilitate continuing education for professionals working in the conservation easement industry.

This year’s workshop will be held Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Burge Plantation from 8am to 5pm.

Continuing Education is available for Lawyers, Real Estate Professionals, CPAs, and Foresters:

  • 7 Regular hrs, including 1 Ethics hr CLE for Lawyers (approved)
  • 7 hrs Real Estate CE for Appraisers, Brokers, Salespeople (approved)
  • 6 hrs Category 2 CFE for Foresters (approved)
  • CPE credit also available for CPAs

Topics and Speakers include: 

  • Protecting Conservation Purpose for Public Benefit: Katherine Eddin | Georgia-Alabama Land Trust
  • The Tax Component of Conservation Easements: Stephanie Surles | Howard, Moore, & McDuffie, P.C.
  • Conservation Easement Case Law Review: Hal Robinson | Georgia-Alabama Land Trust
  • Lunch – by Chef Andrew Featherstone who sources most of the meal from Burge Organic Farm.  Delish!
  • Tax Strategies for Land Protection: Jack Sawyer | Alston & Bird
  • Appraisals for Conservation Easements: J. Carl Schultz | Integra Realty Resources
  • The Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices: Kevin Brice | Land Trust Alliance, SE Region
  • Ethical and Professional Considerations of Conservation Transactions: Katherine Eddins | Georgia-Alabama Land Trust

Registration Fees:

  • $300/person registering for continuing education
  • $265/person registering without continuing education

Given the feedback we received from last year’s workshop, we have reduced the maximum capacity and included longer breaks and a non-working lunch to facilitate your networking opportunities.  Thank you for your feedback each year – you’re helping us make this workshop better every year.

King Cotton in Georgia’s Piedmont: The Rise, Fall, and Revival @ Madison-Morgan Cultural Center's Historic Auditorium
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

King Cotton in Georgia’s Piedmont: The Rise, Fall, and Revival?
Part of the Symposium Series

In partnership with the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, the Conservancy invites you to join us at the Cultural Center’s historic auditorium on Sunday, November 5, 2017, for the fourth in a series of symposiums.

The cotton industry dictated the present-day Morgan County we know – from the agrarian landscapes to the commercial downtown business, to the historic homes, to the culture and pace of life.  This symposium will present the history and importance of the cotton industry in Morgan County and in a wider Southern context.

Past symposiums include:

  • Yankees Marching By: A 150th Anniversary Symposium on the Civil War in Madison & Morgan County (2014)
  • World War II: The Homefront (2015)
  • Sustainability Symposium (2016)
Derby Day @ TBD
May 5 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Co-Chair Sarah Ball and Board Member Sam Ball at Derby Day 2017.


Derby Day is the Conservancy’s only fundraiser of the year.  Join us May 5, 2018 to support our work to protect Morgan County’s special places.  Sponsorship and host opportunities available.  More details coming soon.  Please contact us if you would like to know more.