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As a member of the St. Simons Land Trust, you can be sure that your dollars go to work directly in our community to preserve the scenic and natural qualities of the Island.

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PENNIES FOR PRESERVATION

Pennies for Preservation is a voluntary 1% giving program in which the business community helps raise funds to preserve and protect greenspaces, wilderness areas, trails, waterways, wildlife, important habitat, and tree canopy on St. Simons Island.

How It Works

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The St. Simons Land Trust’s partnership with local businesses and their patrons and clients, was launched in 2017 under the name 1% for St. Simons.  The voluntary giving program was envisioned as a way for the entire community to conserve the finest qualities of St. Simons Island and to assist the Land Trust in fulfilling its mission of protecting and preserving the island’s scenic and environmental features and maintaining quality of life for present and future generations.

That initial program was met with tremendous success, and in 2019 it won the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Partner of the Year Award.  To help celebrate the program’s third anniversary in October 2020, the Land Trust’s leadership incorporated input from its partners and consumers and decided to rebrand it under a new name – Pennies for Preservation.   Although the program has a new name and a new look, it still works the same way.  Pennies for Preservation funds are raised by participating businesses either:

1) Collecting a voluntary 1% or specific dollar amount donation from their customers' receipts/invoices.

OR

2) Donating 1% of their companies' proceeds or services.

For example, if a business is collecting the voluntary donation and the customer’s bill comes to $50.00, a voluntary 1% donation (50 cents) will be added. It’s truly pennies for the consumer or business, but those small coins add up quickly.  Our partnering businesses then send their collected donations to the St. Simons Land Trust for land protection, public access, and scenic protection.  And at the suggestion of our partners, who wanted those funds to go to something tangible and lasting, currently, 100% of the Pennies for Preservation contributions goes directly to protecting important acreage at Oatland North on the island’s north end and to helping create a wilderness corridor on St. Simons.

Who Can Participate?

There is no limit to the type of businesses that can participate. Partnerships include those with restaurants, retailers, media and service providers, art galleries, hotels, and many others.

Our Partners

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Planters Exchange
Certified Burgers And Beverage
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Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Sal's Neighborhood Pizzeria
Dulce Dough Bakery
Chris Moncus
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MAS Lounge
Sea Island
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Wander Media Golden Isles
Poseidon Consulting And Renovations
Barbara Jeans
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Gavin Sellers Creative
The Local Brew
Two Friends
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CPM Event Services
Sandy Bottom Bagels
East Beach Yoga
Lilmar Properties
Creative Printing
Social Compass
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Elegant Island Living
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Pier Village Market
Little St. Simons Island
The Gallery On Newcastle
Book Music Now
Commonground Creative, LLC

How the Land is Protected

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The acquisition projects we undertake are carefully vetted against a set of important criteria that includes ecological values, historical and cultural features, location, long-term management costs, public access, and overall benefits to the community. The St. Simons Land Trust protects property in two ways:

  • Property can be acquired outright through a fee simple purchase.
  • The landowner continues to hold the title on the property, agrees to maintain it according to the covenants of a conservation easement, and is assured that the land will not be developed beyond the terms of that easement.

Who can use land trust properties?

Most Land Trust properties are open to the public, and we welcome residents and visitors to use those properties with public access as much as possible for hiking, walking, biking, birding, picnicking, and other low-impact recreational activities. To learn which properties have public access, the hours of operation, and the activities that visitors can enjoy, please visit our Protected Properties page

To learn more about Pennies for Preservation, please contact our office at 912-638-9109 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Property Photos by John Krivec Photography


 

1% Wednesday Features

On Wednesdays, the Land Trust proudly features our Pennies for Preservation partners to show special recognition to the hard-working businesses, their employees, and patrons. This initiative is called 1% Wednesday. It's a mid-week opportunity for all in our community to support local businesses. Below are some highlights that include additional opportunities to support these local restaurants, retailers, service providers, media and more. Let's Keep It Local!

Working Up A Sweat

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East Beach Yoga, Golden Isles Paddle Co.

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The Artistry of Land Preservation

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Anderson Fine Arty Gallery, The Gallery on Newcastle

 

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Lunch Break!

Dulce Dough Team

Dulce Dough Bakery, Barbara Jean's, Cafe Frederica, Certified Burgers & Beverages, Delaney's Bistro & Bar, Fuse Frozen Co., The Local Brew, Sandy Bottom Bagels

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Extra, Extra! Read All About It!

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The Brunswick News, Elegant Island Living, Golden Isles Wedding Association, iHeartMedia Southeast Georgia, Wander Golden Isles

 

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Stay Here - Save Here

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Lilmar Properties, Little St. Simons Island, The Cloister and The Lodge at Sea Island, Village Inn and Pub

 

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Behind the Lens of Preservation

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John Krivec Photography, Chris Moncus Photography, and Gavin Sellers Creative

 

 

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Coffee with a Side of Preservation

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Cafe Frederica, Certified Burgers & Beverage, The Local Brew, Sandy Bottom Bagels

 

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Serving Up 70 Acres of Protected Land

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BOOK MUSIC NOW, COMMONGROUND CREATIVE, CREATIVE PRINTING, INC., POSEIDON CONSULTING & RENOVATIONS, and SOCIALCOMPASS

 

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Retail Therapy + Preservation

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PLANTERS EXCHANGE, SOUTHERN FINDS, AND TWO FRIENDS

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Your Next Adventure Awaits

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 GOLDEN ISLES PADDLE CO.

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