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The leadership of the St. Simons Land Trust in seizing the opportunity to acquire Cannon’s Point hopes to protect these 617 acres that are profoundly beautiful, ecologically important and historically significant.
Here, amid an intact maritime forest of Live Oaks hemmed by saltmarshes and tidal creeks, fragile ecosystems and wildlife habitats thrive.Cannon's Point is linked with the lower Altamaha River delta, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. From Native-American archeological sites to the ruins from Cannon’s Point antebellum plantation era, the site also has important historic and cultural value.
The vision for Cannon’s Point is to set aside, in perpetuity, all of its 617 acres as a quasi-wilderness preserve, managed as a model for ecological stewardship. Open to the public, Cannon’s Point would offer passive recreation and low-impact educational and historic interpretive programs for visitors.
Joining forces with the Land Trust are leading conservation organizations throughout the state, including The Nature Conservancy, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Ossabaw Island Education Alliance and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, along with the College of Coastal Georgia and the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. With their support and involvement, the Land Trust has assembled four, highly focused project Task Forces–Conservation and Stewardship, Education, Recreation and History. These specialized groups have defined recommended usage, implementation and management plans for specific facets of Cannon’s Point. Comprised of natural resource specialists, biologists, ecologists, archaeologists, historians, educators and others from the public, the Task Forces’ comprehensive recommendations will ensure that Best Practices are implemented and sustained.
In the upcoming campaign to preserve Cannon’s Point, the Land Trust recognizes that the challenges of acquiring and stewarding this unique and important property are great. Yet the Land Trust is confident that the benefits, for all of us, are even greater.