Elachee Named Trustee in Perpetuity
In 2001, The Chicopee woods Area Park Commission approved a conservation easement for the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, with Elachee Nature Science Center to serve as the Land Trust holding the easement.
Although designated as a scenic area, used by the public as well as visiting school and children’s groups and day camps, the land was not legally protected from development until the conservation easement was granted. Appointing Elachee as the trustee for the easement in perpetuity means that the Nature Center and the Park Commission will share responsibility for maintaining the Nature Preserve in its natural state.
A conservation easement is a legal document designed to preserve and protect the conservation values of a property. It also maintains the dominant woodland, scenic and natural character of the area, including land and water resources. This protection applies to plants, animals and their habitats, thus prohibiting development that would interfere with the property’s conservation value. However, hiking and educational activities are permitted.
The Nature Preserve is part of the Chicopee Woods Area Park, one of the largest park within a city limit (Gainesville, Georgia) east of the Mississippi River. This is a biologically diverse area with rolling topography and numerous forest types, streams and wetlands.
“This action culminated years of visionary work by the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission, Elachee and other community leaders who believe that preservation is the best use of this unique resource. It is a tremendous legacy to leave for future generations to enjoy.” – Andrea O. Timpone