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St. Simons Land Trust speaks to the Exchange club

Pictured from left to right Pres. Steven Floyd, V. Pres. J.P. Thornton, Mrs. Emily Ellison and Sec. /Treasurer Randy Pifer

The Exchange club held their weekly meeting and our guest speaker was Mrs. Emily Ellison with the St. Simons Land trust. Mrs. Emily Ellison Executive Director told the club about how the land trust got started and all of the land they have protected from development.

The Mission of the St. Simons Land Trust is both pragmatic and aspirational.

Concerned with increased high-density development that was negatively impacting St. Simons, more than twenty years ago the Land Trust’s founders built an organization that could partner with residents and visitors to protect the unique qualities of this barrier island. To fulfill its Mission, achievable and visionary goals were created to strategically acquire and conserve properties that were most vulnerable to destruction of environmental values and cultural, historic features.

The Mission included a far-sighted approach that ensured long-lasting, positive impact on those who currently, and for generations to come, live on and visit the island. This included providing green spaces, trails, pocket parks, and vistas as well as protecting rare ecosystems, maritime forests, shorelines, streams, and large tracts of undeveloped land. This important Mission has inspired a culture of conservation on St. Simons Island. To learn more about St. Simons land trust or to donate your time or money visit their website

The Exchange club of Brunswick, America's service club, is a group of men and women working together to make our community a better place to live through programs of service in Americanism, community service, youth activities and our national project, the prevention of child abuse.

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