521 Arnold Road
Transaction Type: $110,000
Acreage: 0.13 Acres
521 Arnold Road is a small parcel on the south end of the island at the corner of Arnold and Demere roads. The previous owners had initially bought the property with the intention to build a house on it, but they could not bring themselves to cut down a beautiful 200-year old oak at the center of the property. In June 2014, the Land Trust acquired the lot at significantly less than market value due to the seller’s willingness to cooperate and wish to see the land remain undeveloped.
Frederica Road Property
Transaction Type: $150,000
Acreage: 1.021 Acres
In January 2015, the Land Trust acquired a one-acre parcel on the corner of Frederica Road and General Oglethorpe Road. Thanks to unrestricted membership gifts to the Land Trust and the nearby homeowners’ associations of Sea Palms West, Sea Palms East, and Marsh Point, the Land Trust was able to maintain this scenic property, its tree canopy, and save it from potentially being developed into three or four home sites.
Transaction Type: $800,000
Acreage: 0.421 Acres
In 2005, the Land Trust purchased an old abandoned gas station at a major intersection on the island and converted it into a landscaped green space designed by Sea Island Company, which was a milestone for the Land Trust. The site is located on a busy part of the island and offers a nice contrast to the otherwise developed area. The project raised $800,000 from the community and generated 900 new members to the Land Trust. The project fit within the organization’s mission to "protected the natural and scenic character of the island."
Transaction Type: Jointly purchased by Glynn County who gave $261,000; and the Land Trust who gave $120,000. The previous owner donated $140,000 to its purchase.
Acreage: 1.78 acres
Protecting 1.78 acres on Frederica Road that could have been developed into many home sites, the Land Trust purchased the Stolloway Property for half its market value. Wood wetlands and a great many trees were saved in the process, and the character of Frederica Road was preserved.
Transaction Type: Conservation Easement
Acreage: 80 Acres
The St. Simons Land Trust accepted a conservation easement on 80 acres of land south of the Cloister Reserve on Sea Island. The Land Trust has partnered with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Greenlaw to monitor the property and ensure that it remains undeveloped in perpetuity. The protected area is a habitat for rare and threatened species, a part of the dynamic dune system, is adjacent to salt marsh that is protected by the state, and is surrounded by the ocean, a tidal creek and Gould’s Inlet, while also providing a scenic view from Gould’s Inlet on St. Simons Island. These are all important factors that led the Land Trust to accept the conservation easement.
Ft. Frederica North Marsh Property
Transaction Type: $3.5 Million
Acreage: 20 acres
The property consists of 20 acres of upland and marsh adjacent to the north boundary of Fort Frederica National Monument. It was purchased by the Land Trust to prevent 35 homes from being built within the view of Fort Frederica and to preserve certain historic features on the property. Purchased in 2007 for $3.5 million in a bargain transaction with the Sea Island Company, the project was funded by a $750,000 grant and 3% loan from the state of Georgia’s Land Conservation Program. A grant from NOAA’s Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program is pending, which will substantially retire the remaining debt. The hope is that the property will eventually be transferred to the National Park Service.
Transaction Type: $685,000
Acreage: 2 acres
The Wildlife Drive property is located adjacent to the entrance to the Land Trust’s John Gilbert Nature Trail along Frederica Road. The Land Trust acquired those two acres with 500 linear feet of frontage of heavily wooded property in 2008. The parcel was purchased for $685,000 using funds from neighboring property owners, the Land Trust Board of Directors, and membership income, plus funds from the partial sale of another property needed for public improvements. This acquisition met the highest priorities of the Land Trust Greenprint, protection of scenic character and tree canopy along major roads serving the island. It also gives the Land Trust the option to expand the John Gilbert Natural Trail.
Transaction Type: Donated
Acreage: 2.37 acres
Preserving hammocks in perpetuity is important to the scenic character of the island, and also to ensure the quality of its ecosystem in the future. Hammocks provide habitat for many types of marsh wildlife. Developer Frank DeLoach donated 2.37 acres of hammocks on the north end of the island from his marsh-front subdivision, Stillwater.