Land Trust Honors Jason Lee
St. Simons Land Trust board member Jason Lee was honored recently with the Dorothy Gilbert Award, the Land Trust's highest distinction.
The award is named for the late conservationist and philanthropist Dorothy Gilbert, who made a gift of a 40-acre marshfront property to the Land Trust in 2006, now known as the John Gilbert Nature Trail on Frederica Road. The award recognizes outstanding commitment, service and leadership to the Land Trust.
As a program manager at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division, Lee leads efforts to protect threatened and endangered plants and animals that depend on Georgia habitats. As a member of the Cannon's Point Conservation Task Force, he brought that expertise to his recommendations regarding research, surveys, and overall management of the preserve, as well as to development of the preserve's forest restoration plan. As a member of the Land Trust board, Lee is now providing valuable insights into conservation of the Musgrove property.
"Jason is the epitome of a good steward of our region's resources," said David Pope, the Executive Director of the Land Trust. "He worked tirelessly to make the Musgrove purchase happen, bringing not only his expertise as an ecological expert and land manager, but also securing $3 million in federal funds to assist in the purchase. It is fair to say that it would not have happened without Jason. We could not have a more deserving recipient of the Dorothy Gilbert award."