January 2018
Dear Friends and Supporters,

With 2017 behind us and a new year ahead of us, we have much to reflect on and look forward to. For the Land Trust, last year was highly successful. We preserved numerous properties, met our fundraising goals, and felt well supported by the community. But now what? Now we execute a plan to protect as many of the remaining undeveloped properties as possible -- in the shortest time possible. This is a big challenge, but also a great opportunity.

Currently, there are approximately 2,000 potential lots on the island that have not yet been platted for development, and approximately 3,500 lots that have been platted but not yet developed. These lots represent thousands of new homes and even more cars. They lead to increases in storm-water runoff, greater needs for sewage infrastructure, and fewer trees, vegetation, and natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. Even more so, there is the subsequent degradation of ambiance and quality of life that make St. Simons Island so special.

Given the consequences we face for the island’s future, the Land Trust has big goals. In early 2018, we will announce and launch a capital campaign to secure protection of a substantial portion of the island’s remaining undeveloped properties, large and small, from south to north. A number of these properties are already under contract, and we are working on securing additional properties. This will not be an easy undertaking. We need to be thoughtful and deliberate in negotiations and realistic about our fundraising capabilities, while also being bold and creative.

The early signs are excellent, and we have willing sellers and committed donors lined up and ready to get us started. After launch, we will need even more support from the community to bring these campaigns to fruition. We look forward to sharing more details as they arise, but in the meantime, we thank you for your sustained support and partnership in protecting one of the most important natural resources on the Georgia coast. 

With gratitude,

David H. Pope
Executive Director
Recent Happenings:
Land Trust Closes 2017 with Two New Protected Properties 
Before 2017 came to a close, we added two new locations to the SSLT protected properties list, bringing the total protected land to 980.4 acres toward our 2,000 protected-acre goal.

The Estate of Anne Gowen Spalding and her sister Evelyn Gowen Wood donated .76 acres of oceanfront on East Beach. This property ensures protection of important dunes and beach vegetation that provide significant wildlife habitat.

The other newly protected property is located at 144 Virginia Drive . This parcel is .71 acres on the waterfront bluff immediately adjacent to the northern end of the waterfront at Musgrove. Protection of this land will extend the undeveloped northern boundary of the Musgrove property.
Oyster Roast 2018 -
A Tasty Success!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2018 Oyster Roast! It was our largest and most successful Oyster Roast yet with more than 1,000 attendees.

A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors and volunteers who make this annual event possible. See you next year!

Check out some event images here .

Volunteer News:
Want to become a Volunteer?
Land Trust efforts wouldn't be nearly as successful if we didn't have a group of dedicated volunteers supporting us. If you're interested in lending your skills, energy, time and expertise, please register today and join us at our upcoming volunteer orientation. 

When: Sat., Feb. 10 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: SSLT office

To register, send us an email: SSLTvolunteer@gmail.com
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

*Invitations are forthcoming to Live Oak members. If you would like to upgrade or renew your membership and join the Live Oak Society, please call 912.638.9109 or email: emellison@sslt.org .