Event Photos

Upcoming Hike Preview: Boulder Springs on April 7th

Boulder Springs neighborhood residents, ORLT members, and the public are invited on a wildflower hike at the Boulder Springs conservation easement, located in Oconee County. This conservation-minded community set aside conservation land when it was developed, and the number of wildflowers that thrive here is breathtaking. Look to the left for a sampling of what hikers have seen in past years.

The hike will last from 2:00-4:00pm. Meet at the Boulder Springs swimming pool and lake amenity area (1050 Spring Lake Drive, Bishop,GA).


Tallassee Forest Hike: February 15, 2018

Thanks to the intrepid hikers who joined ORLT's stewardship team on the annual monitoring trip to Tallassee Forest! A 300-acre forested tract located off of Tallassee Rd. in Athens, this property is slated for future public use.


Low Country Boil: October 8, 2017

We had a superb day at Five Arrow Farms, where we celebrated the landowners who protect 26,000 acres of forests, farms, and waterways with ORLT. Enjoy photos featuring our members, guests, board, delicious Georgia shrimp and food, and our live music entertainers, BorderHop Trio!

To see the Facebook photo album, click here.


Rivers Alive: September 30, 2017

Athens-Clarke County, with many community partners such as ORLT, holds a county-wide watershed cleanup event each fall. Part of a larger, state-wide event, the Athens Rivers Alive is the largest in the state! In 2017, ORLT hosted two clean-up sites. One which is part of the Beech Haven Project and another on McNutt Creek.

In 2017, 405 Rivers Alive volunteers came out to help clean up 21 sites. They collected 3.1 tons of trash, 1 ton of recycling, 1,440 lbs of metal, and 150 tires during the event!

For information about volunteering at the 2018 Rivers Alive, click here.

To see the Facebook photo album, click here.

Founders Celebration: August 13, 2017

The Founders Celebration was a night to remember. We celebrated the individuals who founded ORLT in 1993 and paved the way for 26,000 acres of protected land in Georgia (and counting). Many ORLT members, friends, and "movers and shakers" from the past joined in the celebration at Smith Wilson and Dianne Penny's Athens farm.

Who Were ORLT's Founders?
Madeline Van Dyck (President), Daniel Hope III, Terry DeMeo (Secretary), Joseph M. Heikoff (Treasurer), Laurie Fowler (Counsel)
Albert F. Ike, Hans Neuhauser,W. Robinson Fisher
Milton Hill, Walter F. Cook

To see the Facebook photo album, click here.

Member Hike at Lotsanotty: February 15, 2017

Winter hiking at this property is always a fun experience. This year, hikers found a buck skull, turkey tracks, and native plants abounding.

Did you know that Lotsanotty was the first conservation easement that ORLT ever completed? Founding board member, Walt Cook, donated an easement on the land in 2000. Since then, countless hikers and birders have enjoyed this well-preserved forest and the view it provides of the Middle Oconee River.

Oconee River Belles Benefit Concert: October 20, 2016

Thanks to the Northeast Georgia community for helping to raise $25,000 at ORLT's first ever benefit concert!

A truly exceptional line-up of musicians performed that night. They included:
Alison Brown Band
Claire Lynch
Indigo Girls
Sans Abri

Stay tuned for news about  our 2nd Annual Benefit Concert!

To see the Facebook photo album, click here.