February 2018
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Land Trust,

The landmass of St. Simons Island is approximately 18 squares miles – about the size of Manhattan – and our current population is roughly 14,000. When you think in terms of the earth’s total landmass being 570 billion squares miles, and the planet having a population of 7.3 billion, we’re just a speck, right? A dot on the map.  

But this is home. And it has been home to many families for generations. For many more, it has been their favorite vacation get-away for decades. Few places on earth have the rich biodiversity of Georgia’s barrier islands. Few have the living laboratories in which rare species of plants and animals thrive. Few have the majestic live oaks and the canopy they provide. Even fewer have the historical significance of plantation-era ruins, gravesites of former slaves and descendants of slaves, or the Native American influences that enrich our lives.

As you’ve likely heard, we recently received a $4 million challenge grant from The Anschutz Foundation. Within less than a month, in response to that challenge, we received another $1 million gift from an anonymous local donor.  

In the coming weeks, we will be able to announce plans for raising additional gifts and acquiring properties that will be protected for those generations that come after us. In a community this size, it’s astounding that we have more than 1,200 donor households – nearly 10% of the total population – whose support is enabling the Land Trust to fulfill its goal of preserving 20% of St. Simons. We may be small, but the support for protecting and preserving the natural and scenic beauty of our island home is enormous. For that support, we are truly grateful. 

With gratitude,
 
David H. Pope
Executive Director
Recent Happenings
Anschutz Foundation Invests $4 Million in
Land Trust Efforts
The Land Trust received a game-changing investment by The Anschutz Foundation in late January. The Foundation's contribution will come in two phases.

The initial grant of approximately $2 million, which was received in early 2018, will fund the purchase of properties currently under contract by the Land Trust. The second phase of the gift – also approximately $2 million – comes with a challenge that requires the Land Trust to raise an additional $4 million from other sources.
Land Trust Preserves Historic Mildred Huie Museum
One of the first land acquisitions to come as a result of the Anschutz gift is the historic Mildred Huie Museum and surrounding property on Frederica Road (located at 1819 Frederica Rd. ). The property will be maintained as a public green space, serving as a buffer to commercial encroachment along the Frederica corridor.
 
Once restoration of the property is complete, the park will be dedicated by the Land Trust to Mildred Huie and Millie Wilcox, both remarkable and talented women who have contributed to the artistic and cultural legacy of St. Simons. 
Land Trust Receives $1 Million Match Donation
The Land Trust received an anonymous $1 million matching gift as a response to the $4 million challenge grant by the Anschutz Foundation. This donation brings the Land Trust one step closer to achieving its goal of preserving and protecting 2,000 acres island wide. We are humbled by and grateful for the support of this generous individual.
Membership: SSLT Raises $1.2 Million in 2017
With the help of exceedingly generous members and partners, the Land Trust raised $1,197,000 in unrestricted operating revenue in 2017. Another $1.7 Million was raised to support capital projects. Total 2017 revenue was $2,987,000.
 
Here's a detailed look at the numbers:
 
  • 34 members at the Benefactor level of $10,000 and above
  • 344 members at the Live Oak Society level of $1,000 - $9,999
  • 703 members at the General Membership level of $50 - $999
  • Earned $108,000 from our community partners, including Sea Island Company

Click HERE to read more in the 2017 Year in Review.
Events:
Coming Soon - Live Oak Society Reception
To thank Live Oak Society members for their dedication to SSLT efforts, the Land Trust will host the annual reception on March 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Cloister.
 
If you're interested in renewing your membership or joining the Live Oak Society, please call 912.638.9109 or email: emellison@sslt.org .

Volunteer News:
Make a difference and join the volunteer team
Our dedicated volunteers donated more than 1,600 hours of work to the Land Trust last year. Please consider lending your time, talents, skills, and expertise to the Land Trust and register today to attend the upcoming Volunteer Orientation session. To register, please click here

When: Wed., March 14; 9-11 a.m.
Where: SSLT office

1% for St. Simons Update
Thank you to the new 1% for St. Simons partners. We hope you support the businesses that support us! We are proud of our new partnerships with:

  • Fuse
  • Golden Isles Wedding Association
  • Kingfisher Paddleventures
  • Village Inn & Pub

Click HERE for the entire list of participating businesses and to learn more about the 1% for St. Simons program, or email onepercent@sslt.org to become a partner.
Dates to Remember
Cannon's Point Hours
 Saturday-Monday; 9 am - 3 pm

March 17 : Live Oak Society Reception,
5:30 - 7:30 PM, The Cloister, Sea Island