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Southern Conservation Trust to Partner with the Atlanta Food Initiative on The Orchard Project: Providing Fruit at Trail Heads

PEACHTREE CITY, March 8, 2017 – The Southern Conservation Trust is proud to announce their participation in The Orchard Project with the Atlanta Local Food Initiative.  The Orchard Project installs edible school and community orchards that aim to feed, teach, and inspire.

“The Atlanta Local Food Initiative Orchard Project is multifaceted,” said Robby Astrove, who leads planting for The Orchard Project. “Obviously there’s a component about food access and getting more local food in the community. But there’s also harnessing the power of the fruit tree, which is the most productive, longest living form of agriculture. Creating food for decades from one simple planting is pretty incredible.”

The Southern Conservation Trust is the only organization in the Southern Crescent of Atlanta to have been chosen as one of eight selected organizations and schools to receive fruit bearing plants.

“We are honored to be a part of such an incredible project that provides fruit to the community,” said Katie Pace, Executive Director of the Southern Conservation Trust. “Fruit bearing trees and plants at the trail heads will be a unique and fun way for the community to take something healthy on their hikes, while feeding the local wildlife at the same time.”

On March 21, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:00pm the Southern Conservation Trust invites the community to join us in planting fruit bearing trees from The Orchard Project at multiple trail heads at The Ridge Nature Area at the end of Burch Road in Fayetteville. Please bring gloves, shovels, and a bagged lunch.

About the Southern Conservation Trust

The Southern Conservation Trust protects greenspace, conserves forests, safeguards rivers, protects wildlife, provides environmental education, and ensures that our children have access to nature in our communities.  In 2016, the Trust also opened the premier greenspace project in Fayetteville, The Ridge Nature Area, making it its sixth public nature area in Fayette County. Learn more about how you can partner with the Southern Conservation Trust and protect your land at www.sctlandtrust.org.

About the Atlanta Regional Commission

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county area including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta. Learn more at www.atlantaregional.com.

 

Fayette County Based Nonprofit, the Southern Conservation Trust Conserves 3,600 Acres in December

PEACHTREE CITY, Feb 15, 2017 – The Southern Conservation Trust announces its largest increase in conserved land in the land trust’s 23-year history.  In August, the Trust had 2,800 acres under conservation – with a primary focus on the southern crescent of Atlanta.  As of Jan. 1, 2017 the Trust now holds conservation easements on 6,010 acres across the state of Georgia, including multiple coastal wetlands in the Savannah area.

“Building on the organization’s strong foundation, we have been able to significantly expand our reach in the past 90 days,” said Katie Pace, who became SCT’s Executive Director in August. “Conserving land is the primary focus of the organization, and I am thrilled to have the chance to conserve an additional 3,800 acres of resource valuable land across the great state of Georgia in December.”

Of the 3,600 acres conserved, 1,878 acres are historical marshlands on the Georgia coast that include multiple histortic trees on the Live Oak Registry, with the remaining acreage spread out among Henry, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Floyd, Dekalb, and Newton counties, providing much needed greenspace to communities throughout Georgia.

“Moving into 2017, we are poised to work with the local community to protect additional greenspace and rivers in high priority watersheds like the Flint River Basin, conserve beautiful farms, marshland and forests, protect at risk wildlife, all while providing environmental education in Fayette County,” said Pace. “We are looking forward to a year of growth and taking a deeper dive into the community as we plan for the proposed nature center at The Ridge Nature Area.”

About the Southern Conservation Trust

The Southern Conservation Trust protects greenspace, conserves forests, safeguards rivers, protects wildlife, provides environmental education, and ensures that our children have access to nature in our communities.  In 2016, the Trust also opened the premier greenspace project in Fayetteville, The Ridge Nature Area, making it its sixth public nature area in Fayette County. Learn more about how you can partner with the Southern Conservation Trust and protect your land at www.sctlandtrust.org.

Conservation easements are a restriction placed on a piece of property to protect its associated natural resources.  They protect land for future generations while allowing owners to retain many private property rights to live on and use their land, at the same time potentially providing them with tax benefits.  Conservation easements are selective to protect specific conservation values, such as water quality or migration routes, and is individually tailored to meet a landowner’s needs. To learn more about conserving your land please speak with the Southern Conservation Trust www.sctlandtrust.org/conserve

Save the Date: SCT’s Annual Benefit June 8th, 2017

Join us for an incredible evening showcasing local chefs, farmers, and merchants. Al fresco dining, music, and auctions on a beautiful property preserved under a conservation easement. All proceeds benefit the Southern Conservation Trust. Thursday, June 8th 6pm-9pm at Scarbrough Preserve, Rowland Road, Brooks, GA. More information to come shortly.

 

Join the Southern Conservation Trust: Help us make a difference in our community, with Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Week.

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Join the Southern Conservation Trust

Help us make a difference in our community,

with Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Week.

What is Leave No Trace?

The mission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly, making them an ideal partner for the Southern Conservation Trust. We have multiple opportunities for you to join us in leaving no trace this week!
Leave No Trace in 
Every Park

Wednesday, October 19th 6:00pm at the Fayette County Library – Community Room. Sign up.

Leave No Trace for Homeschoolers

Thursday, October 20th 1:00pm at the Fayette County Library – Community Room. Sign up.

Leave No Trace in our Parks Community Forum

Friday, October 21st 9:00am at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Sign up.

Bike with SCT
Cashe-In/Trash-Out with Leave No Trace

Saturday, October 22nd 9:00am at The Ridge Nature Area Fayetteville – Picnic Area. Sign up.

Mountain Bike with Leave No Trace

Saturday, October 22nd 2:00pm at The Ridge Nature Area Fayetteville – Picnic Area. Sign up.

Hiking with Leave No Trace

Sunday, October 23rd 2:00pm at Line Creek Nature Area Peachtree City – Arena. Sign up.

Southern Conservation Trust Welcomes New Executive Director

Peachtree City, September 30, 2016 – The Board of Directors of the Southern Conservation Trust, a leading land and wildlife habitat protection organization based in Peachtree City, Katie Pace, Executive Directorannounces the appointment of Katie Pace as the new Executive Director.  Pace assumes the role after most recently serving as the Marketing & Communications Officer with MAP International, a top ranked global Christian health and relief organization www.map.org.

“Katie was chosen from a strong field of exceptional candidates because of her extensive marketing and fundraising background, as well as a passion for land preservation in our communities.  We are confident that she will lead the Southern Conservation Trust in protecting new land and developing environmentally sound programs and initiatives in the many communities we serve,” said Tami Morris, Board Chairman.

While at MAP, Pace managed programs and processes internationally and saw firsthand how local conditions affected the quality of life for individuals and communities.  Her global-local perspective and strong desire to make a difference at home are a good fit for SCT as it begins an anticipated rise in land protection for individual and organizational land owners, said Morris.

Most recently, the organization opened The Ridge, a 307-acre nature preserve in the heart of Fayetteville with more nearly 6 miles of hiking and biking trails and a 7 1/2-mile water trail that is currently being developed.

“I’m honored to be selected by the SCT Board as the new Executive Director.” said Pace. ” I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the amazing communities where we protect land, wildlife and vital water sources to ensure they are around for many years to come. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation already established in Fayette County and the surrounding areas. My goal is to increase the protection and education of land, wildlife, and water conservation in the Southern Crescent that the Southern Conservation Trust is able to protect in the great state of Georgia,” said Pace.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Pace has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit world focused on marketing, branding, digital engagement, fundraising, writing, and humanitarian photography.

Pace succeeds Pam Young, a pillar in Fayette County, who headed the Southern Conservation Trust for 5 years and announced her retirement earlier this year.

About the Southern Conservation Trust

The Southern Conservation Trust was founded in 1993 by Fayette County residents’ eager to preserve greenspace in a developing community.  For 23 years, the Southern Conservation Trust has protected farms, forests, environmentally sensitive land, wildlife habitats, and scenic greenspace in the Atlanta and south metro areas and is expanding to other parts of Georgia.  Currently, the fully accredited trust has 2,400 protected acres – 900 of which are public nature preserves in Fayette County.  The Trust expects to add an additional 1,200 acres of easement by year-end. www.sctlandtrust.org.

CONTACT: Katie Pace, 828.329.2988, katie@sctlandtrust.org

Save the Date for 2016 Hike & Like !

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Save the Date!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2:00 – 5:00 PM

 

Join naturalists as they guide you through the trails and share the wonder of the flora and wildlife at Line Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City.

 

Be sure to join us this year as we unveil the new sustainable stormwater wetland solution.

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Join the Sustainable Wetlands Unveiling 

                      2:00 PM.

 

Jason Clark sharing his passion.

Jason Clark sharing his passion.

Don’t miss the “snake” adventures while you see them slither and creep.

Southeastern Reptile Program   

4:00 PM

 

 

 

Line Creek Nature Area     Directions Mapping

 

  This free family outing provided thanks to:

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The Ridge Nature Area Now Open

Vine cuttingThe Ridge Grand Opening Huge Success!

This weekend was awesome with more than 400 folks coming out to explore SCT’s newest public nature area.

 

The Grand “Vine Cutting” was enjoyed by all! The water trail also got to have a “Vine Cutting”.Cutting the vine at the water trail

 

 

 

Group of bikes    Bikers enjoyed the multi-use trails.

Ducks getting race help

The 1st Annual Duck Race was lots of fun with the ducks needing a bit of racing help due to low water levels.

 

We hope you will get outdoors and visit this treasure soon!     The Ridge Trail Map

The Ridge Nature Area

415 Burch Road, Fayetteville, GA 30215

Directions

 

 

 

Visit us for Earth Day!

Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shakerag Knoll
Peachtree City, Georgia

We’ll be at the Fayette County Earth Day celebration April 23rd. Please come visit us – we’d love to hear your opinion about land conservation and greenspace preservation in your community. It’ll be a great chance to learn more about Southern Conservation Trust and get involved with the many volunteer opportunities we have coming up this spring and summer. Camp W.I.L.D. information will be available.

Thank You! Farm to Table 2016

Southern Conservation Trust’s 6th Annual Farm to Table Benefit was a huge success thanks to all our sponsors, attendees, donors, chefs, and farmers blended with an abundance of sunshine, fantastic entertainment and education. Thank YOU for adding to the evening’s success.

We are especially appreciative to one of our conservation easement donors for hosting the evening on their amazing private preserve. A special thank you to Brent and Tina Scarbrough for hosting us at Scarbrough Preserve, Brooks.  Your generosity made the benefit special for everyone.

Brent receiving golden eagle award

Brent Scarbrough receives SCT’s highest award ” The Golden Eagle” Award for Brent’s commitment and dedication as a cornerstone partner and for providing years of service of going above and beyond.

David Clark  received this years “Silver Eagle” Award for his support of special projects this past year.

Fabulous wood burn cutting board auction item

 

Along with the beautiful setting, the evening included a touch of fun in the silent auction and an awesome live auction. Thank you to all our auction donors. Everyone had so much fun while supporting nature at it’s best.

 

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The evening ended with a special  Farewell to Pam Young” celebrating retirement after 30 years of Nonprofit Service.

If you would still like to honor Pam  contributions may be made to the  The Pam Young Educational Legacy Fund  to ensure environmental learning initiatives for the next generation.

 

 

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