Another Year, Another STPAL Update

While we know that this isn’t the greatest format for our blog, as we usually post about building trails and conserving land, the Southeastern Trust would still like to take the time to share some of its more higher level operations for the sake of easy access and transparency.

If you find what we do at STPAL interesting and would like to volunteer in order to help complete our mission on a more organizational level, then please contact us by:

Emailing us at info@stpal.org or Leaving us a Message at 678-974-2609

 

 

STPAL’s 2018-2019

Strategic Plan, Core Statements, Priority Impact, and Mission Goals:

Mission:

“Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land conserves and enhances natural lands for present and future public benefit.”

Vision:

Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land will have diverse community-based partnerships for conservation, education, and public recreation.

Core Value:

Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land was formed for the purposes of conserving land, providing public benefit, and to be a model public charity. Therefore, STPAL shall function with the highest ideals. It shall always seek the greatest benefit towards its mission in all cases. It shall function with transparency. It shall make decisions that are always biased towards land conservation and public benefit.

Impact Goals:

  1. Develop engaged board and governance structure
  2. Create a strategic plan for land portfolio
  3. Enhance organizational capacity

Mission Goals:

  1. Talking Rock Nature Preserve opened for public recreation  
  2. Due diligence on “RM” potential land acquisition

 

Properties

  • Talking Rock Nature Preserve (210 ac – Pickens, GA) Received 2012
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Park is currently under construction TOP PRIORITY
  • Pumpkinvine Creek Nature Preserve (110 ac – Paulding, GA) Received 2012
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Truth in Nature program uses the natural land
  • Craft Farms 1 Nature Preserve (54 ac – Barrow, GA) Received 2012
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Natural land for future possible public use
  • Mack Road Nature Preserve (47 ac – Oconee, GA) Received 2012
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Natural land for future possible public use
  • Adamson 1 Nature Preserve (95 ac – Barrow, GA) Received 2012
    1. Donated the land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Donated to Barrow County School System to become a student farm
  • Adamson 2 Nature Preserve (54 ac – Oconee, GA) Received 2012
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Natural land for future possible public use
  • Sweetwater Nature Preserve (116 ac – Paulding, GA) Received 2013
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Natural land at the headwaters of Sweetwater creek where it’s mostly wetlands
  • Rock Harbor Nature Preserve (17 ac – Putnam, GA) Received 2013
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Park completed?
  • Effingham Nature Preserve (1355 ac – Effingham, GA) Received 2013
    1. Donated the land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Donated to Georgia Southern University to become field research center
  • Bald Mountain Creek Nature Preserve (755 ac – Yancey, NC) Received 2013
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Natural land for future park (3-5 years out)
  • Villa Nature Preserve (159 ac – Douglas, GA) Received 2014
    1. Donated the land and Conserved via Deed (that the city of Villa Rica owns)
    2. Donated to City of Villa Rica to become a passive recreation park
  • The Boot Nature Preserve (80 ac – Douglas, GA) Received 2014
    1. Donated the land and Conserved via Deed (that Douglas county owns)
    2. Donated to Douglas County to become a passive recreation park
  • Gum Branch Nature Preserve (326 ac – Camden, GA) Received 2014
    1. Donated the land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Donated to Camden County to become a passive recreation park
  • Brantley County Nature Preserve (753 ac – Brantley, GA) Received 2014
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Georgia DNR is actively involved with improving the natural land of the property for wildlife and ecology
  • Campbellton Nature Preserve (81 ac – Fulton, GA) Received 2014
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via Deed
    2. Forest restoration underway
      1. The city of South Fulton wants us to donate it to them for a park
  • Cedar Rock Nature Preserve (255 ac – Caldwell, NC) Received 2014
    1. Donated the land and Conserved via Deed (that the city of Cedar Rock owns)
    2. Donated to Village of Cedar Rock to become a passive recreation park
  • Ginger Creek Nature Preserve (928 ac – Caldwell, NC) Received 2014
    1. Donated the land and Conserved via Deed (that the state of NC owns)
    2. Donated to the State of NC to become a forestry research center
  • Cowart Lake (183 ac – Fulton, GA) Received 2015
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via CUVA
    2. Hold for a possible sale of some or all of the property
      1. Will likely sell the high-value portions and then decide on the remainder land
  • Tell Road (62 ac – Fulton, GA) Received 2015
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via CUVA
    2. Hold for a possible sale of some or all of the property
      1. Will likely sell the high-value portions and then decide on the remainder land
  • Camden Woods (515 ac – Camden, GA) Received 2015
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via CUVA
    2. Hold for a possible sale of some or all of the property
      1. Will likely sell the high-value portions and then decide on the remainder land
  • Blackgum Forest (155 ac – Camden, GA) Received 2015
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via CUVA
  • Sweetwater Pines (293 ac – Harris, GA) Received 2015
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via CUVA
    2. Hold for a possible sale of some or all of the property
      1. Will likely sell the high-value portions and then decide on the remainder land
  • English Mountain (1430 ac – Sevier, TN) Received 2015
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Conserved via CUVA
    2. Natural land for future possible public use
  • Sassafras (267 ac – Gilmer, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Park with projective start in 2019
  • Carters Lake (436 ac – Gilmer, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Park with projective start in 2019
  • Clear Creek (322 ac – Gilmer, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Park with projective start in 2019
  • Bear Creek Fannin (190 ac – Fannin, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Possible park with projective start in 2020
  • Turnipseed (315 ac – Douglas, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Possible park with projective start in 2019
      1. Has Cox solar field carved out
        1. possible park funding from Cox Enterprises
  • Waterside Vineyard (20 ac – Bartow, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Hold for possible sale in the future
  • Organic Farm (354 ac – Burke, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Restoration process underway with the natural land
  • Cane Creek (481 ac – Buncombe, NC) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Natural land for future park (3-5 years out)
  • Cedar Creek (152 ac – Barrow, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Possible park with projective start in 2019
      1. Has Cox solar field carved out
        1. possible park funding from Cox Enterprises
  • Balsam Mountain (2 ac – Jackson, NC) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Hold for possible sale in the future
  • West Point Lake (190 ac – Troup, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Hold for possible sale in the future
      1. It’s likely that some of the lands will be used by the Truth in Nature program
  • Firefly Run (149 ac – Troup, GA) Received 2016
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and CUVA pending
    2. Hold for possible sale in the future
      1. It’s likely that some of the land will be used by the Truth in Nature program
  • Lamstall (236 ac – Jones, GA) Received 2016
    1. Ownership of the land’s CE and Conserved via that Easement
    2. Need to monitor and enforce the property’s Easement
  • Knights Bottom (165 ac – Gordon, GA) Received 2016
    1. Ownership of the land’s CE and Conserved via that Easement
    2. Need to monitor and enforce the property’s Easement
  • Henderson (163 ac – Henry, GA) Received 2016
    1. Ownership of the land’s CE and Conserved via that Easement
    2. Need to monitor and enforce the property’s Easement
  • Little Creek (30 ac – Yancey, NC) Received 2017
    1. Fee Simple ownership of land and Not Conserved

Organizational Information

Board of Directors

Trace Copeland – President
Eric Nelson – Past President    
Stephen Arms – Treasurer
Alex Ottley
Barney Crooks
Daniel Jesse
Dee Harlin
Terry Palmeri
Alex Llewellyn
Brenda Morawa

Advisory Council

Bob Williams
Charles McMillan
Chris Durkee
Christina Gibson
David Jones
David White
Debbie Stebbins
Greg Chastain
Laura McCarty
Mark Scruggs
Mike Bass
Rod Hardee
Ryan M Schuldt
Will Tate
Tom Adams

Consultants

Deloyd Johnson – accounting
Laurel Florio – legal consultant
Pam Young – organizational consultant
Vic VanSant – land consultant

Staff

Bill Jones – Executive Director
Sam Seymour – Project Manager

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