Milton has retained the Georgia Conservancy to advise the city on land acquisitions under a $25 million greenspace bond program. AJC FILE

Milton retains conservation nonprofit as adviser

Milton is retaining an Atlanta nonprofit to advise the city and its Greenspace Advisory Committee as they begin implementing a land acquisition program to preserve natural areas.

The city council approved a $78,750 contract with Georgia Conservancy Inc. to provide services including education, visioning, goal-setting and implementation and acquisition strategies, according to a memo to the council by Conservation Project Manager Kathleen Johnson.

The conservancy also will analyze and prioritize parcels for purchase, and train city officials and committee members on landowner education and outreach, Johnson said.

Milton voters last November approved a $25 million bond referendum to acquire and preserve open space. Among the stated goals are to acquire land from willing landowners, preserve trees, protect wildlife habitat and water resources and establish and connect trails for walking, bicycling and horseback riding.

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