We are each lovers of the natural world.

We are the Central Savannah River Land Trust: a nationally-accredited, local non-profit, passionate about the future of these special places throughout our community.


Whether it’s the power and grace of the Savannah River, the tranquility of canoeing a cypress swamp, the exhilaration of an early-morning hunt, the fun of spending a day at Clark’s Hill with family, or simply admiring the majesty of an old-growth timber stand; we can all agree: our local landscape has so much to offer.

By permanently preserving them, we are protecting our quality of life today and leaving our children a legacy that will last for generations.


Since 2001, the Land Trust has protected over 7,300 acres of land throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

Places like the Augusta Canal Trail, where families can enjoy an afternoon on the river, and scenic views of the Savannah River like the ones from the I-20 bridge, and several Columbia County neighborhoods are just some of our more well-known success stories.


The Land Trust is funded entirely by donations and grants made by people just like you.

It is our members, landowners, and supporters who are the real heroes — each one doing his or her part to ensure our Garden City stays green and beautiful forever.

To all who support the Land Trust: thank you for partnering with us on the journey!



Board of Directors

As a largely-volunteer organization, the Land Trust is run by members of the community who give of their time and talents to protecting our shared natural resources throughout the CSRA.
We are proud to introduce our board and staff to you.

Monty Carlton

Monty comes by his love of the land naturally.  Growing up on a large family farm in Moultrie, GA taught him the value of our natural environment.  From planting trees as a child to harvesting row crops, Monty’s family understands that the land is what feeds us, and that we have a responsibility to care for it in return. 

That is why Monty’s family conserved the farm with their local land trust, Tall Timbers, nearly two decades ago.  Their work with Tall Timbers is also what drew Monty to the Land Trust here in Augusta. 

Now married with two children, Monty and his wife have made Augusta their home and are passionate about helping local landowners preserve the best that our landscape has to offer. 

Mike Floyd

One of our newest board members, Mike Floyd is an avid sportsman.  As a publisher of fly fishing, wing shooting, and big game hunting publications, Mike has a strong working knowledge of the importance of healthy watersheds. 

Mike has loved the Savannah River since moving to Augusta in 1995.  He sees the River as our local treasure, and believes that working to conserve it, and expanding on its possibilities, is very important to the long-term well being of our region.  Mike and his wife have five children, with a sixth on the way any day now.  We are excited to welcome Mike to our Board of Directors!

Grace Jansen

As environmentalists are busy fighting the good fight at a global scale, Grace believes the first step to making a large, lasting impact is to first focus our efforts locally. As a resident of Columbia County for over 15 years, Grace has become quite enamored with our community.

“We are a community of good people, great environment, and never ending opportunity”, she says.  As we continue to grow in population numbers, economic growth, tourism, and every other aspect imaginable, Grace believes that preserving our green infrastructure – our waterways, forests, and the transitional areas between the two – is just as vital as building new roads, sidewalks, and shopping centers. 

“By conserving our local landscape”, she says “we give our community, as well as nature, the opportunity to grow roots”.  With a combined background in GIS mapping and Ecology, Grace brings both a unique technical skill set and a firm understanding of our local ecosystems to the Land Trust.

Jeb Murray


Jeb practices law with Turner Padget, where he focuses primarily on business litigation.

Prior to this practice, Jeb was a criminal prosecutor. Jeb has served on the board of directors for the Imperial Theatre and Safe Homes/Domestic Violence Intervention Center.

In addition to his board affiliations, Jeb is also on the Ethics Committee for the Gracewood State School and Hospital. He is an avid outdoorsman, with a special interest in botany and ornithology.

Bobby Wright


Bio coming soon.

Staff Members

Hazel Cook

Executive Director

Hazel has over 15 years of experience in public policy, conservation and environmental law, grant writing, graphic design, and business administration. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College, and a Masters of Arts in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Hazel has been a part of the Land Trust since 2004, and is honored to have watched the organization grow from its humble beginnings into a nationally-accredited land trust with over 7,000 acres of preserved land in eleven Georgia and South Carolina counties.  Outside of her role at the Land Trust, Hazel’s hobbies include outdoor adventure sports, international travel, organic gardening, ballroom dance, and performing arts.   She and her husband, Taylor, also run Piccolina Farm, a small organic farm that supplies fresh healthy vegetables to local farmers markets.

Bethany Surles

Membership & Events Coordinator

Bethany is an Augusta native who’s passionate about preserving her hometown, where she has the fondest memories of boating in the Savannah River, playing in the creek behind her childhood home, and spending time with her family along the Augusta Canal. Bethany graduated from Augusta University, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing, in 2016.

Bethany is a member of Young Professionals of Augusta and an active volunteer at Journey Community Church and Active Climbing and Ninja Center. When she’s not at work, Bethany enjoys rock climbing with her husband Neill and capturing people’s stories as a freelance photographer. She considers referencing quotable tv moments to be an art form, and her favorite things include weekend adventures, craft beer, aerial arts, and a back porch view of the sunset.

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We’re based right in the heart of Augusta only minutes from some of our favorite preserved spaces and the natural beauty of our region. So keeping that beauty is always on our minds!

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