The Nature Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced this week that the agencies have classified a nearly 4,000 acre tract of land near the Altamaha River as protected.
The 3,986 acre piece of land is known as the Altama and features wetlands of freshwater and pine flatwoods where many wildlife reside, including the state reptile, the gopher tortoise, and the Eastern indigo snake which is currently classified.
The land will become part of the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area and will offer hunting, fishing, and outdoor pursuits.
“The Nature Conservancy and many partners have protected more than 140,000 acres in the Altamaha River basin,” said Deron Davis, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Georgia. “Thanks to our supporters and partners, this important asset to Georgia’s natural, outdoor and historical heritage will be protected.”
The agencies have plans to restore the native habitat with fire management and longleaf pine plantings along with water quality management.
The Nature Conservancy purchased the tract for $7.8 million from Stratford Land, a private-equity real estate firm and sold it to the Department of Natural resources at a reduced price.
Altama is near Interstate 95 in Glynn County. It was formerly a rice plantation owned by James Hamilton Couper who designed Christ Church in Savannah.