Athens Land Trust (ALT) Mission statement: “ALT conserves, empowers and sustains communities through responsible and visionary land use.” ALT was founded in 1994 to address the unsustainable and inequitable development patterns in Athens that were increasing housing costs, displacing long-term residents, and degrading air and water quality. Believing that these problems required an integrated solution, ALT's founders created one of the few organizations in the country that is both a community and conservation land trust. In our 26-year history, we have been cited as a national model among land trusts for our holistic approach to improving communities through the development of permanently affordable housing, support of community agriculture, and protection of natural resources. We believe land justice is an important part of social justice.
ALT’s Conservation Strategic pillars include: