“Our phenomenal growth over the past 10 years is the result of the tireless work and selfless giving of our Board of Directors and hundreds of other volunteers. Whenever people and nature come together, “something good happens” and that is certainly true as we celebrate a decade of mission success. »
July 26, 2022
The Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (SE Trust) is celebrating a decade of conservation, recreation and community work in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Formed in January 2012 by Bill Jones, visionary entrepreneur, founder and current Executive Director of SE Trust, the organization now has a strong network of thousands of acres spread across dozens of properties. SE Trust restores land, plants trees, builds parks and trails, monitors wildlife, controls invasive species, creates pollinators and vegetable gardens, and more.
Over the past 10 years, SE Trust has focused its land acquisition projects on working with private landowners who value SE Trust’s public impact on recreation, community and conservation. The organization has planted more than 150,000 longleaf pines, created outdoor classrooms, and activated environmental conservation and stewardship efforts to improve air and water quality, provide a habitat for plants and wildlife, impacting stormwater control, and giving nature the time and space to thrive.
“Our phenomenal growth over the past 10 years is the result of the tireless work and selfless donations of myriad members of our board of directors and hundreds of other volunteers,” said Bill Jones, executive director of Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land. “As I always say, whenever people and nature come together, ‘something good happens’ and that is certainly true as we celebrate a decade of mission success.”
Jones’ mantra, “something good is happening,” has been the underlying and motivating factor for volunteers at the nonprofit 501c3, dedicated to conserving the land and making it available for the public good in order to preserve, restore and provide access to our nation. diminishing natural land.
The organization builds several parks and activates land in the southeastern United States for conservation, play, and community development. Properties range from geographically small, but critical, “pocket parks,” including Jan Hill Lane Nature Preserve in Atlanta, to intensive conservation efforts, such as a 350-plus-acre longleaf pine restoration in the county of Burke, Georgia. SE Trust properties offer unique partnerships and activities including hiking, mountain biking, bouldering, geocaching, bird watching, passive nature education, and most importantly, quiet nature enjoyment.
“We design our sites as nature preserves or nature parks, depending on which part of our mission has the most positive impact on the site,” Jones said. “Ultimately, our goal is to foster natural land conservation, environmental stewardship, scientific education and research, and public recreation for the benefit of individuals and communities for generations to come.”
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About Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land
Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (SE Trust) formed in 2012 with a mission to acquire and develop land for the benefit of conservation, recreation and the community. Since then, the nonprofit has acquired and activated thousands of acres of land on dozens of properties in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. A volunteer board of directors creates public parks and environmental stewardship projects for passive recreation and the quiet enjoyment of nature, as well as to provide the benefits of scenic open space, free public recreation, d wildlife habitat and stormwater mitigation for nearby communities. Founder Bill Jones has always had a passion for natural terrain and outdoor recreation and especially enjoys hiking with his dogs. He was lucky to always live very close to public parks with hiking trails. His firm belief that everyone should have a park nearby to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation was the impetus to form SE Trust. For more information, visit: http://www.stpal.org.
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