The Private Lands Program (PLP)

The Wildlife Resources Division formally began a private lands initiative in April 1995 to assist Georgia's private landowners in meeting their wildlife habitat and population objectives. Georgia's landscape is 93% privately owned and thus private landowners hold the key to the future of wildlife conservation and environmental quality. More than 80% of Georgians are interested in wildlife and support funding wildlife education and habitat management programs. Through science based conservation planning, landowners can more effectively reach their wildlife and other natural resource objectives while ensuring that these resources are passed along in good condition to Georgia's future generations.

The Private Lands Program (PLP) includes:

  1. The Bobwhite Quail Initiative (BQI)
  2. Partnership Initiatives: Technical Guidance for Farm Bill and other inter-agency programs providing conservation assistance for landowners. 
  3. Forestry for Wildlife Partnership
  4. Forest Stewardship Program

Participation in these programs is voluntary and objectives are landowner driven. Professional technical assistance is provided free of charge, and financial incentives for conservation practices may be available.

WRD wildlife biologists are available to work with landowners to develop comprehensive wildlife management plans and match landowner needs to one or more conservation programs that are available through federal and state natural resource programs.  Assistance is available within all of Georgia's 159 counties.

Landowner Assistance Programs to Help You Create Habitat for Wildlife

Information for landowners on the availability of technical guidance and/or financial incentives.

Contact us:  Private Lands Program (478) 994-7583, 116 Rum Creek Dr, Forsyth, GA 31029

Partnership Initiatives

Technical Guidance for Farm Bill and other inter-agency programs providing conservation assistance for landowners

Private Lands Program biologists are available to assist landowners plan and navigate programs offered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of the Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA), administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is to assist landowners in planning and implementing conservation systems that reduce erosion and upstream flooding, improve and conserve wetlands, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and improve air quality, pasture and range condition, soil and water quality, and woodlands. NRCS assistance is provided through conservation districts to landowners who want to apply conservation practices. NRCS district conservationists can also provide technical assistance to landowners enrolled in Farm Bill programs. A customized conservation plan can be written that identifies the appropriate conservation practices most applicable to a landowner’s property. GADNR has biologists working with local NRCS offices throughout the state. 

Contact your local partner biologist by calling Private Lands Program (478) 994-7583, 116 Rum Creek Dr, Forsyth, GA 31029

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Georgia

NRCS Georgia Programs

Selected Wildlife Program Links:

Working Lands for Wildlife: Gopher Tortoise

National Bobwhite Quail Southern Pine Savanna Restoration Project

Georgia Bobwhite Quail Southern Pine Savanna Restoration Project

Forest Stewardship Program

Private Lands Program (PLP) wildlife biologists work in partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), foresters and Georgia Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) personnel, to provide wildlife related technical assistance in developing Forest Stewardship Plans.

The Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) provides technical help for landowners to manage forested property based on integrated & free advice from a team of professional soil/water experts, foresters & wildlife biologists. Recommendations will help you reach your objectives.

  • Quality, customized advice ensured through in-person, on-site visits to your property.
  • Written management plans tailored based on landowner objectives: timber, wildlife, soil & water, recreation, aesthetics, & co-equal resource concern.
  • Plans encourage long-term sustainability of forest ecosystems.
  • Advice founded on blended input from a united variety of professionals.

Why is FSP Important?

Forested ecosystems & the way they are treated are essential for air quality, clean water, wildlife habitat, economics, aesthetics, recreational use & much more. The FSP helps restore & maintain critical characteristics of natural ecosystems throughout lands that are managed predominantly for either silvocultural (forest agriculture) or natural ecosystem purposes.

Envision the world’s landscapes in a way that guarantees that our future families will be able to make a living from our land while helping to take care of the abiotic resources (soil, water, air, fire) that support entire ecosystems which are unique blends of native plant, tree & wildlife communities that, in turn, support us.

Your FSP Plan will include: 1) maps that delineate locations of natural resource stand types, 2) descriptions & recommendations for each, 3) 10-year management schedules, 4) notification of special natural resource concerns such as archaeological, cultural & historical resources, wetlands & rare, threatened & endangered species, 5) financial assistance programs, & 6) guidance for accessing further information & services that interests you.

Eligibility Requirements & Financial Incentives: Any private, non-industrial landowner with a minimum of 25 total acres, of which at least 10 is forested, is eligible. Landowners have no obligation to implement recommendations. FSP should advise you of financial incentive opportunities, of which many give priority to FSP plan holders.

How to Get Started: If wildlife is an important objective for you, call a professional wildlife biologist who will help you get started working with a GFC forester to visit your property & co-write a plan. Contact us:  Private Lands Program (478) 994-7583, 116 Rum Creek Dr, Forsyth, GA 31029

Georgia Forestry Commission Forest Stewardship Program

Georgia Forestry Commission Forestry Units

The Private Lands Program promotes, encourages and provides technical assistance for wildlife conservation on private lands in Georgia. 93% of Georgia's landscape is privately owned and thus holds the key to the future of wildlife conservation and environmental quality