Giving Tuesday is November 27, 2018 – Every year since 2012, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has been designated as Giving Tuesday. In just the few years since its inception, Giving Tuesday is now a major event for fundraising for charitable organizations of all shapes and sizes.
For 2018, we are asking you to support us on our mission to protect land for present and future generations. Below, we are spotlighting a few of the areas where the Land Trust provides essential services. Your sponsorship of our organization allows us to continue this work.
This post highlights how our stewardship team approaches its work. Beyond providing the baseline documents and designated areas for monitoring, our land stewards are available to landowners to insure the integrity of the land we protect together and our mutual conservation goals are being met.
“In perpetuity” is a powerful concept (forever is a long time). Working with each landowner to develop a specific plan to monitor and steward the easement – in perpetuity – is where the strength of our team with backgrounds in geology, forestry, ecology, and biology truly shines.
With your support, our team monitors and stewards the land in our care, increasing awareness and understanding of good land management practices.
Natural Disaster Recovery
On October 10th, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida panhandle. This Category 4 storm roared into southern Georgia and caused unprecedented damage. The agricultural impact has been severe, with the most damage effecting cotton, pecans and pine.
Since the storm, many of our landowners have been busy assessing their fields, crops and trees. Pecan groves have been especially hard hit (see photo left) – the long-term economic impact will not be felt for years. Our thoughts are with those who have suffered losses as a result of this storm.
Any time an Act of God creates damage to a conservation easement, especially to Special Natural or Preservation Areas, we ask that you reach out to your Regional Stewardship Manager (RSM) by phone or email as soon as it is practical – preferably before clean-up efforts are begun.
When disasters happen, safety is our primary concern. As a partner in stewarding your land, we are available to you for support when the unforeseen occurs. We ask that you provide notice of damage to land in an easement we steward as soon as possible. Any photos or maps of damaged areas would be very useful. Please use the contact information below to reach out to your RSM, if you are unfamiliar with your land steward, please contact the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust Stewardship Director Amy Gaddy at AGaddy@galandtrust.org.
Regional Stewardship Manager Contacts:
Lesley Hanson – Regional Stewardship Manager, AL
Mike Heneghan – Regional Stewardship Manager, Northwestern GA
Caelia Wysocki – Regional Stewardship Manager, Blue Ridge and Piedmont Regions, Georgia
Taylor Shook – Regional Stewardship Manager, Eastern Georgia
Rachel Mingea – Term Land Steward, Southwest Georgia
Georgia’s Tidal Marshes
by Taylor Shook (excerpted from Conservationist 2018)
Freshwater tidal marshes are relatively rare natural communities in Georgia because much of the area has been lost to saltwater intrusion, hydrologic changes due to development and agriculture, and other landscape modifications. Rising sea levels due to climate change will eventually impact the distribution of all types of tidal marshes.
Because of their productivity, rarity, and vulnerability, Georgia’s freshwater and brackish marshes deserve equal, if not greater, recognition of their importance in the overall goal of protecting Georgia’s tidal marshes for present and future generations.
(Taylor Shook grew up on the Vernon River of Savannah, Georgia where she experienced the rich diversity of Georgia’s coastal wildlife. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University in 2015, and began working for the Georgia- Alabama Land Trust in June 2016.)