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Land Trust Receives 2.6-acre Land Donation in Harrington from BB&T

Another wildlife habitat on St. Simons Island will now be protected by the St. Simons Land Trust, thanks to a donation by BB&T.

The property is a 2.624-acre residential parcel located off North Harrington Road, adjacent to a heavily forested nine-acre tract. It will remain undeveloped and in its natural state.

In expressing gratitude for the donation, Land Trust Executive Director David Pope says, "Every bit of greenspace we can protect reduces density and traffic and improves quality of life on St. Simons. As a community, we're indebted to BB&T for their generous donation."

The tract provides valuable habitat for painted buntings, a species of concern to conservationists. It's also a great locale for migratory songbirds on their way to South America, says Susan Shipman, ex officio Land Trust board member who chairs the Cannon's Point Preserve Advisory Committee and the Musgrove Steering Committee. Shipman adds that the property contains plants that are tolerant of wet soil, which is an indication that it is an "ephemeral wetland," or one that is wet following heavy rains but dries up during dry seasons. The surrounding undeveloped high ground helps protect that wetland and its wildlife, she says.

"The parcel is a green oasis in an area of the island that is developing rapidly, and any land protection in this area is beneficial," Shipman says.

The property is located in the Simonton Court subdivision. Conveying the sentiment of the Simonton Court Homeowners Association board, secretary Donna Ainger says they "welcome this news. The Land Trust is a great neighbor, and we're delighted that the acreage will remain green in perpetuity."

"BB&T is delighted to partner with the St. Simons Land Trust and donate this parcel of land to help ensure the preservation of green space for future generations," says Lance Turpin, BB&T St. Simons Island market president. "This is another way we fulfill our mission to help make the communities in which we work a better place to live and underscores our commitment to the St. Simons and Glynn County area."