Blue Heron Lake Nature Conservancy, Inc.

Mission Statement

The Blue Heron Lake Nature Conservancy is a Georgia non-profit corporation (federal tax-exempt status has been applied for).  It was created in order to achieve the following goals (in hierarchical order). To establish and maintain in perpetuity a nature preserve which will preserve and protect the lake, wetlands, and woodlands ecology and provide a sanctuary for endangered species and other wildlife, both indigenous and migratory;	provide an outdoor classroom educational resource  for environmental education and an ecological research area of educational and scientific value; 	provide quiet, passive recreation and respite activities.


“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to leave alone”.   ---Thoreau

Our quality of life in Central Georgia is dependent on the preservation of our wilderness areas. These greenspaces act as a filter for our water system, habitat for our wildlife and migrating species, and protector of our air quality. Greenspaces, and especially wetlands are vital to the environmental health of our community, since our water supply and our native plants and wildlife depend on these increasingly rare areas. These wooded areas and wetlands also help clean our air, taking in carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Trees also stabilize our streambanks, and act as a filter to capture sediment as it flows off the land, thus adding to the purity of our water. It is important to focus community attention, involvement, and education on the preservation and improvement of local greenspace and wetland habitat, accessibility, creek bank stabilization, and water quality. Greenspaces provide a place for the public to come and enjoy a truly beautiful and natural habitat, which is home to a variety of wildlife. Our goal is to ensure that future generations will enjoy the clean air and water, wildlife, beauty, and oportunities for recreation and renewal that Greenspaces and Wilderness areas provide.

The land

The Conservancy is located off Highway #341 in Peach County, between Fort Valley and Perry, Georgia. The leased land consists of a 10 acre lake, wetlands, hardwood and evergreen forests, and open fields. These diverse features provide habitat for may species of game and non-game mammals, amphibians, fish and reptiles as well as nesting habitat for several species of neotropical migrant songbirds, birds of prey, the ubiquitous blue heron. and various game birds. The lake, fed by numerous springs, forms the headwaters of a tributary of Big Indian Creek in the Ocmulgee Watershed.


257 Norwood Springs Road      Fort Valley, Georgia 31030

Phone: (478) 822-9165      Fax: (478) 822-9165      Contact

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