March 2018
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Land Trust,

The first three months of 2018 have been filled with productive activity, exciting announcements, and generous engagement and support from the St. Simons community. For all these things, we are genuinely grateful. 

At our annual Live Oak Society Reception on March 17, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 300 loyal donors, we launched the public phase of a comprehensive giving and acquisitions plan -- The Canopy Campaign -- to raise $8 million to meet The Anschutz Foundation challenge grant and to close on properties currently under contract. Early the next morning, an announcement was released to all of our friends and supporters regarding the Campaign. By Sunday afternoon we began receiving online gifts and positive messages about our ongoing efforts to preserve and protect St. Simons. 

We hold the future of this island in our own hands, and conservation of this beautiful place depends on us. The St. Simons Land Trust currently has 1000 acres under protection. Our vision is to protect 2000 acres island-wide. We are gratified by the community’s great enthusiasm for preservation of important properties, and we know that together we will make this vision a reality.

I hope that you will make a contribution today to The Canopy Campaign and play an important role in defining the future of St. Simons Island.

With gratitude,
 
David H. Pope
Executive Director
SSLT Launches The Canopy Campaign
On Saturday, March 17, the Land Trust announced the launch of an aggressive multi-phase fundraising and acquisitions plan called The Canopy Campaign: An Overarching Strategy to Preserve St. Simons South to North.

The goal of the St. Simons Land Trust, with you as partners, is to save this island from ourselves. It is to protect what is most culturally, historically, and environmentally significant so that our children and their children can enjoy tomorrow what we are privileged to enjoy today.  To learn more about The Canopy Campaign, or to make a contribution, please go HERE
Recent Happenings: 
Land Trust Saves 1810 Frederica
Earlier this month, the Land Trust announced the purchase of 1810 Frederica Rd. This 1.42-acre parcel was the subject of tremendous controversy in 2016 when it was proposed as the site for a dollar store or other commercial enterprise. Upon announcement of the acquisition of this property, the response from the community has been overwhelming. This is an example of the Land Trust’s response to our neighbors’ concerns and the generous partnerships that we are privileged to have with people across the island. Go HERE to read more about the acquisition and the plans SSLT has for the property.
Education:
Brunswick High Students Visit Cannon's Point Preserve
On March 1, nearly 70 students from Brunswick High School’s AP Environmental Science class participated in a three-hour hike at Cannon’s Point Preserve

Led by Land Trust staff and volunteers, students learned about the Preserve’s history and land use from Native American life to colonial and plantation-era living to the current management of the Preserve. They were also shown the living shoreline and discussed the importance of salt marsh ecosystems and the Altamaha River delta. For many, this was a great introduction to coastal conservation and the significance of protecting large continuous tracts of undeveloped land. As the group hiked into the northern sections of the Preserve, students saw examples of a maritime forest and ephemeral wetlands, and they had a chance to ask questions about forest restoration research, rare plants, and invasive species. 

This kind of outreach is part of the Land Trust’s commitment to providing education about the land on which we live and encouraging the next generation of conservationists.  
Volunteer News: Mildred Huie Clean Up
On Wednesday, March 14, Laurel View neighbors and other SSLT volunteers joined together to clean up the recently acquired Mildred Huie property. The Land Trust is grateful for the community support.

For more information about this protected property, go HERE .
St. Simons Land Trust In The News
Elegant Island Living:
Events: Live Oak Society Reception 2018
More than 300 loyal donors attended the annual Live Oak Society Reception at The Cloister at Sea Island on Saturday, March 17. The Land Trust is grateful for the record-setting attendance and for the support of the generous sponsors who made the event possible, including: Brown-Rose Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley ; Commonground Creative, LLC ; DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty ; Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, PC ; PrimeSouth Bank ; The Gallery on Newscastle ; and The Sea Island Company .  
The Live Oak Society is a Land Trust membership level in which approximately 350 donors give at least $1,000 annually. These memberships support our land conservation efforts, including thoughtful management of the 1,000 acres in our trust, comprehensive assessment of properties under consideration, and our educational and outreach programs. If you're interested in increasing or renewing your membership, or becoming a Live Oak member, please visit our website . We are truly grateful for your support!  
1% for St. Simons Program
We are proud to announce our new 1% for St. Simons partner: Commonground Creative, LLC. Please continue to support the participating businesses, including: 
Dates to Remember
Cannon's Point Preserve Hours
Regular: Saturday-Monday; 9am - 3pm
Holiday: Saturday, March 31; 9am - 3pm
CLOSED Easter Sunday, April 1 CLOSED Monday, April 2

April 14: Volunteer Orientation*

*This is for people who have already registered to become a volunteer. If you have not registered, please register HERE .