December 2017
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all others." Marcus Cicero
Dear Friends and Supporters,

Here at the Land Trust we see your thoughtful generosity in our daily work. More than 1,000 households support our efforts to protect this beautiful place, and many of you have been supporters since the beginning.

The other day I ran across a Land Trust recipe book that was published in 2006. It touted the protection of approximately 72 acres, including the recent acquisitions of Chancey's gas station at the Frederica/Demere roundabout and the property on Frederica that would become the John Gilbert Nature Trail. Today we have approximately 1,000 acres under protection, including major land-holdings at Cannon's Point and Musgrove. These protected properties not only preserve ecological resources and iconic sites, but also prevent thousands of new houses from construction. Before the end of this year we will add several new properties to our protected list, and in 2018 we will add even more. You have made this possible.

Hardly a day goes by at our office that we do not discuss our gratitude for our loyal friends and supporters. As year-end gifts arrive in the mail and online, we marvel at your generosity. It's such an affirmation of the spirit of giving and gratitude that lives on this island. We really do not know how to adequately thank you, except to say "thank you" again and again.

Peace on earth, good will towards all,

David H. Pope, executive director
Events: More Than Just Oysters!
The 18th annual SSLT Oyster Roast is weeks away and this is one event you don't want to miss. Not a fan of oysters? No problem! Thanks to our sponsors , there are plenty of food options for everyone to enjoy. From pizza and sloppy joes to soup, low country boil and even dessert, you will be fully satisfied. Plus, there will be music by Suzy & The Bird Dogs. We hope to see you there!.

When : Saturday, Jan. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Gascoigne Bluff
Recent Happenings:
Additional Businesses Join 1% for St. Simons Program
We are pleased to announced that three new businesses - Certified Burgers & Beverage*, Elegant Island Living and I Heart Media - have joined the 1% for St. Simons Program.

The program launched in October and we are thankful for the support of our local community. Be sure to check out the growing list of participating businesses .

(*Certified Burgers & Beverage participation begins January 2018)
Volunteer News:
Eagle Scout Updates John Gilbert Nature Trail
The John Gilbert Nature Trail was cleaned and updated thanks to Cooper Kellis of Boy Scout Troop 204.

For his Eagle Scout project, Cooper - along with family and friends - re-configured and re-established an overgrown trail, installed new signs, fixed parking posts and added gravel at the bridge for wheelchair accessibility. Thank you, Cooper!
Membership & Giving:
Year-End Challenge Underway
Have you renewed your general membership for 2018? For a limited time, increases in membership will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a $10,000 challenge gift from a new Benefactor in the Land Trust's Live Oak Society.

We are committed to preserving the island through the promotion of conservation and good land use decisions. It is your membership that helps us do this. Save paper by renewing online.
Member Testimonial: Drs. Bonnie and Kevin Brooks
Drs. Bonnie and Kevin Brooks have been committed members of the Land Trust since 2014. "We have chosen to invest in the preservation of St. Simons as a means to secure the island’s character and uniqueness for the future of our children and grandchildren," said Bonnie. "People are important, but so are places. The smells, sights and sounds of St. Simons may soon change if we do not remain informed and aware of developments poised to threaten and extinguish the warm, easy glow of our beautiful coastal residences. We should not assume someone else will take care of our investment for us, so we give annually to the St. Simons Land Trust. The Land Trust’s vision is the same as ours: for the island to be safe, full of natural spaces for our children to explore, and able to provide the quality of life we have learned to love."
Bonnie and Kevin have stepped up to help SSLT educate others in the community about this vision for the island’s future. 'We have to educate ourselves and our peers about what is at stake if we don’t act to protect this island now," said Bonnie. "It is not someone else’s job, it is our job."
The Brookses have twin daughters, Lucy and Kate, and they enjoy their church, riding bikes and exploring the beaches together on the weekends. 
Dates to Remember
23 - 31: Cannon's Point Closed

1: Cannon's Point Closed
13: Oyster Roast