St. Simons Land Trust. Preserving the Natural and Scenic Character of our Island -- Issue 11, September 2013
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St. Simons Land Trust. Preserving the Natural and Scenic Character of our Island
  Issue 11 September 2013  
New Education Pavilion
  On Monday, August 5, the St. Simons Land Trust broke ground at Cannon's Point Preserve for the Education Pavilion. The project is funded by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation.
The Pavilion will be built in the southern area of Cannon's Point Preserve and will act as the central hub for activities, educational programming and interpretative self-directed exploration. While the contractors dug the trenches for the Pavilion's footers with hand shovels, three volunteer archeologists were onsite prepared to identify, collect and protect any artifacts discovered during the dig. What they found was a multi-component site, rich with historic information dating back 5,000 years.
"We're just so fortunate that the Land Trust approached this from a 'what do we need to do to mitigate any harm to the archeological resources' [standpoint]," said Nick Honerkamp, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. "They could have used the backhoe, but there is a moral imperative to preserve the cultural and natural resources." The other archeologists were Myrna Crook of the Golden Isles Archaeological Society and Norma Harris, Land Trust consulting archeologist.
In addition to sherds of pottery about 4,000 years old, the archeologists found some ceramics which they believe to be representative of the Woodlands period 2,000 years ago. The most exciting find for Norma was the evidence of structures having once stood at the site. "Structural posts leave stains in the ground if they rot in place; we found some of these a couple feet apart," she shared. The Pavilion's location in this archeologically-rich site will highlight the prehistoric past of Cannon's Point, allowing visitors, researchers and future archeologists to interact with and explore a piece of history. "It is incomparable to have a hunk of property like this in the middle of a booming real estate market," said Nick. "Our work has been towards the goal of supporting the preservation and eventual interpretation and education." Artifacts will be curated at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society after they've been cleaned, preserved and classified. Cannon's Point will be open to the public in 2014 and will be a place for ongoing educational and research opportunities like the one that occurred on August 5 alongside the ground breaking.
If you're interested in volunteering during the next project at Cannon's Point Preserve, please visit our website
On August 26, Georgia-Pacific awarded the St. Simons Land Trust a grant through its Foundation to fund the construction of the Education Pavilion at Cannon's Point Preserve. This gift represents a partnership between GP Cellulose and the Land Trust and the Company's commitment to supporting initiatives that create value in the community related to entrepreneurship, environment, education and enrichment. The Pavilion will be used as an outdoor classroom for educational programming on coastal Georgia ecology and history. (Above, left to right: David Martinez, Vice President & General Manager of the GP Cellulose Brunswick mill; Dana Pope, Deputy Director, St. Simons Land Trust; Gordon Strother, Board Chairman, St. Simons Land Trust)
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  The St. Simons Land Trust has a new and improved website! Check it out at
Summer intern and Georgia Tech senior Brandon Sharp did the design work in just under two months. Some new features include an interactive map featuring all Land Trust properties and easements, an online portal for membership, tribute and planned giving and an online Volunteer signup and orientation.
If you're interested in becoming a St. Simons Land Trust volunteer or in volunteering at Cannon's Point Preserve you can let us know by filling out our new online application. At the website, choose "Support" from the menu bar at the top of the screen and scroll down to "Volunteer." This tab will take you directly to the application which is quick and easy to fill out.

Member Spotlight: Sally Tomlinson
  Sally Tomlinson, of Atlanta, has been coming to St. Simons Island and Sea Island since she was a baby. This part of the world is very important to her, and she shows her love of St. Simons year after year with a membership to the St. Simons Land Trust.
"This has always been a place that's been a part of my life and dear to me. It's so nice to get away from the city–the traffic and the hustle and the bustle–I hope that will not ever change. Conservation is where my passions are, insofar as maintaining the beauty and integrity of the Island. I'm very passionate about my love for that environment and that's the reason I support the Land Trust."
Sally has been a member of the Land Trust's Live Oak Society since 2001. When pressed for her favorite vista, she said "I love them all. I love the ocean breeze, I love the natural beauty, live oaks, marsh, sunsets, and the pace of living. All these things are part of the whole and I hope that they will not get jeopardized."
Her message to other community members: "If you love the Island like I do, and the beauty, you'll want to support what the Land Trust does because they will help preserve those qualities that you love." The Land Trust is proud to have Sally and others like her as members and ambassadors of our work on St. Simons.

  On October 4 in Atlanta, the Georgia Conservancy will honor Ben Slade III, Executive Director of the St. Simons Land Trust, at its annual gala, ecoBenefête.
Ben will be the 20th recipient of the Conservancy's Distinguished Conservationist award and will be recognized for his dedication to the conservation of the natural and cultural treasures of St. Simons Island and its surrounding salt marsh.
The award honors the remarkable achievements of a great Georgian who improves our lives through the protection of our environment. Past recipients of the award include Will Harris III, Cody Laird, Jim Kennedy and Congressman John Lewis. For ticket information, please visit
If you'd like to make a gift to the St. Simons Land Trust in honor of Ben, visit

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  • You determine the amount of your monthly donation.
  • Your credit card is charged each month and you receive an email confirmation. In January, you receive an annual giving statement.
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