With a crowd that included economic development professionals, park rangers, politicians, farmers and the generally outdoor-inclined, the Georgia Conservancy held their annual Common Ground summit on Thursday in Athens.

This has been a big year for the Conservancy.  They are coming off of their 50th anniversary and had one of their biggest legislative successes to date this past session. The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act (GOSA) was passed by the state legislature. The referendum is still pending – check back in November – but, if passed, the Act would create a dedicated source of revenue for conservation efforts. The bill was the first of its kind in Georgia and a major step for conservation groups in the state. The Conservancy was one of the bill’s most prominent backers. 

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