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The Ridge Turtle Project

The Southern Conservation Trust and Clayton State University have been working together to help the Eastern Box Turtles in Fayetteville, Georgia. So far, the box turtle population has been decreasing because of predators. Armadillos and people are the main predators for the box turtles. Armadillos eat turtle eggs. When the eggs are laid, there are pheromones that are released from the nests, enticing the armadillos. Dennis Chase, Dr. Diane day from Clayton State, and myself have been monitoring the turtles at The Ridge Nature Area in Fayetteville. We have seventeen nests on one side of the creek and six on the other side. Hatching season is upon us, but, so far, there has not been much activity or hatchlings. We believe it is because of low rainfall so the dirt is too hard and compact for the baby turtles to crawl out of. We are hoping there will be hatchlings soon because of the heavy rain that we just had. It takes about 70-100 days for the turtles to hatch, and a lot of the nests are nearing 75-80 days. Hopefully, there will be some hatchlings soon.   The photo to the left is a one-year old baby turtle from […]

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Southern Conservation Trust Partners with Delta, EarthShare, and the Flint Riverkeeper on Wetland Project in Peachtree City

Over 65+ Delta employees and their families volunteered on April 1st, 2017.   PEACHTREE CITY, April 6, 2017 – If you happened upon Line Creek Nature Area in the heart of Peachtree City on Saturday, it’s likely that people were everywhere and parking was unavailable.  This effort was part of EarthShare Georgia’s Corporate Green Day Challenge in which more than 12 leading companies across Atlanta competed throughout the Atlanta area. Delta Airlines partnered with the Southern Conservation Trust and the Flint Riverkeeper to complete the wetland project at Line Creek Nature Area that has been years in the making. The project, started with the City of Peachtree City and Trinity Development to put in place a sustainable wetland below the new Overlook Shopping center. Thanks to more than 65 Delta employees and their families, as well as volunteers from the Fayette County Extension Office, the Fayette Butterfly Project, and the Fayette Master Gardeners the wetland is now nearly ready for its official grand opening coming later this spring. Over 250 native pollinating plants went in, increasing the wetland habitat to promote wood duck nesting and the planting of a 20ft x 30ft butterfly garden, the first on the Fayette County […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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