WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 23rd YEAR!!
THANKS TO SO MANY ON SEABROOK AND BEYOND TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE.
This December marks the end of the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy’s 23rd year and it has been a great year! We have:
· Transferred four new lots to SIPOA for conservation
· Conducted a successful on-line fundraising campaign to purchase Lot 6, Old Oak Walk
· Collaborated with the Kiawah Conservancy on Native Plant initiatives, including a native plant sale at Freshfields Village
with planting templates
· Welcomed three new members to the Board
· Installed conservation lot markers
· Hosted the first Oyster Roast Fundraiser
· Sponsored a presentation on the Angel Oak Preserve
Newly Conserved Lots
A key property at the corner of Cap’n Sam’s Road and Royal Pine Drive was donated by Glen Cox and Karin King in early October for conservation. It is adjacent to the Horse Trail and close to other SIPOA green space lots. Karin and Glen have been coming to Seabrook Island since 1996 and moved here from northern Virginia in 2012 after looking all over coastal South Carolina. Even though they lived in the Virginia countryside, they have found more wildlife and birds here on Seabrook Island.
Glen is a nature photographer, frequently on the beach in the early hours, and Karin is a potter. They have been thinking about donating a lot for conservation for years. As Karin said, “It seems like the Island is disappearing and we felt we had to do something.” When Karin and Glen looked for a significant property to donate, they worked with Carl Voelker, SIGSC’s Acquisitions Chair, who pointed them to the .47 acre lot at 2856 Cap’n Sam’s Road. Karin exclaimed that the “acquisition process was seamless. SIGSC did all the work!”
In the same neighborhood as the Cap’n Sam’s lot, Hank and Laurel Greer made it possible to add 2 lots totaling .58 acre on Royal Pine Drive. As long-time Seabrook Island residents, the Greers were concerned about the dwindling supply of wildlife habitat and decided to seek out these particularly strategic lots near the horse trail and a corridor of conserved SIPOA-owned land.
In late August, SIGSC started an ambitious fund-raising campaign to purchase Lot 6 at 2723 Old Oak Walk. Thanks to the generosity of more than 75 Seabrookers who contributed more than $90,000, SIGSC was able to purchase the lot in October. This lot is part of a cluster of 8 conservation lots in the neighborhood and, like the others, is being transferred to the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association with a permanent conservation easement.
As 2023 comes to an end, the board of the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy is profoundly grateful for the generosity and support provided by the community as we continue the important work of conserving environmental gems and wildlife habitats on beautiful Seabrook Island. We will continue to work hard to help preserve all that people love about the Island.
If you want to support conservation on the Island, please consider making a tax-deductible donation here or send a check to:
Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy
130 Gardeners Circle, PM 521
Johns Island, SC 29455
Photos courtesy of Glen Cox