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Our Mission

The Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (MCTGA) is an accredited land trust dedicated to the permanent conservation of the natural resources and scenic beauty of the North Georgia foothills and mountains. With a mission focused only on the
North Georgia mountains and foothills region, we serve as a regional catalyst for critical
conservation efforts in North Georgia.

The Etowah River watershed and Lake Allatoona are identified in the top tier of importance for protecting drinking water. Maps created by the US Forest Service show areas of the country that are experiencing high consumer water demand and are facing significant development threats. The darker blue the watershed, the higher the importance of the watershed.

Southeast Watersheds

 

The mountainous region of North Georgia is celebrated for its ecological diversity and remarkable recreational opportunities. As the southern most reach of a vast mountain range, the hardwood forests of the Blue Ridge region are home to the richest temperate freshwater ecosystems in the world, providing refuge to native mussels, fish, crayfish, and invertebrates. The Etowah River, that drains a significant portion of North Georgia, is renowned for its unique and globally significant biodiversity, or the variety of life found within it. The river and its tributaries are home to several endangered and/or threatened fish species, which are indicators of watershed health. These species include the amber darter (Percina antesella), the Etowah darter (Etheostoma etowahae) and the Cherokee darter (Etheostoma scotti) and are found nowhere else in the world.

The forests of the North Georgia mountains are prized as vacation and recreation destinations, supporting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Communities situated in North Georgia benefit from a high quality of life supported by natural resources of the area. Residents and visitors alike depend on reliable and safe water provided by the Etowah River. Lake Allatoona, formed by a dam built on the Etowah River in 1949, is a fisherman’s playground and provides nearly 100 million gallons
of drinking water every day to citizens of metro Atlanta and North Georgia.


Formed in 1991 by dedicated residents and champions of the North Georgia mountains, the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia is the only land trust with a stated mission to protect this region. MCTGA focuses on land protection, collaborative partnerships and education designed to preserve and enhance the environmental quality and rural character of the mountains.

Over the years, our tactics have evolved to meet the ever-changing challenges facing the region, but our mission is unfaltering: to permanently conserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the North Georgia foothills and mountains.

Click HERE to read the full Case Statement

MCTGA 2013 Case Statement


Protection Crucial for Narrow Gate Property

During a very difficult time of fiscal decision by the new Pickens County team of County Commissioners, it’s understandable why a nature park might not gain much attention. But how important is our water supply? 

Mountain Conservation Trust appealed to the County Commissioners at their February work session to consider acquisition strategies for an important tract of land that protects our water supply. The 280 acre Narrow Gate property is immediately adjacent to Pickens County’s Burnt Mountain Preserve, a passive recreation area which is under permanent stewardship by the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (MCT) and part of the scenic view from the lower Highway 136 overlook.

Click HERE to read more about Narrow Gate.