Entries by John Lenz

Bill Dickinson: Ossabaw Island Ambassador

By Burch Barger When Bill Dickinson visited Ossabaw Island for the first time in 2012, two things struck him: the island’s unspoiled beauty, and the relatively low bid at the annual pig roast auction that won a naturalist-guided weekend. Bill promised himself that the following year, he would bid generously, and ensure that the Ossabaw […]

Stewards Field Trips 2021: Experiencing the Benefits of Land and Wildlife Conservation

By Burch Barger From St. Simons to Brunswick to Townsend to Darien, Stewards have gathered this year in beautiful, conserved places along the Georgia coast to learn and explore together.  Highlights of our four field trips, described below, included ideal weather, great conversations, and strengthened connections among participants. In January, Stewards gathered at Cannon’s Point […]

Stewards Fund UTV Purchase to Support Shorebird Conservation Efforts

By Burch Barger As you may recall, Stewards and the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation successfully collaborated in 2017 to “crowdfund” the $10,000 purchase of a Kawasaki mule UTV and related equipment for Georgia DNR’s Wildlife Conservation Section to use on Cumberland Island. For four years, that vehicle transported field technicians on regular patrols to […]

Tybee Island History and Tourism

By Dorinda Dallmeyer People may believe that children should visit pristine, magnificent places like America’s national parks to develop a love of nature. On the contrary, many coastal conservationists recall fond memories of learning to love the Georgia coast by visiting the three Georgia barrier islands readily accessible by car. There they were able to […]

Wassaw Island, The Caretta Research Project, and a 150+ Year Family Legacy of Philanthropy

By Christa Hayes George Parsons, born in 1826 and raised in Maine, worked with his brother to build successful business ventures in southern cities, including Savannah.  Parsons was known for his strong family ties, a concern for community needs, and generosity.  Parsons established a culture of giving in his family that would be handed down […]

Collaborative Efforts Underway to Preserve Butler Island

By Burch Barger Hosted by The Coalition to Save Butler Island and organized by One Hundred Miles, three consecutive gatherings (both in person and online) were held recently to facilitate public conversation about the future of Butler Island. Participants in these sessions, titled “Creating a Future for Our Past,” included community members, descendants of enslaved […]