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ATC 2017 Activities

The following examples provide an overview of ATC activities in 2017:

  • Updating our website and communication tools to improve our communication with members and donors. (ameliatreeconservancy.org)
    • Our site includes an events page and blog.
    • We’ve set up a MailChimp account for email blasts and distribution of Newsletters.
  • Planting several Live Oak trees in Egans Creek Park; watering all of the oaks planted in the park
  • Working on the revision of the Nassau County AI tree ordinance:
    • Serving on the Nassau County Planning & Zoning Board working group.
    • Providing written and oral input on multiple drafts.
    • Meeting with Taco Pope, Mike Mullin, Shanea Jones, Munsell McPhillips & AIPCA
  • A campaign to persuade the School Board to sell the Citrona Rd. property to the City for conservation rather than to a developer. North Florida Land Trust was active in this activity.
    • Multiple written and telephone attempts to meet with the Board and Superintendent
    • NFLT campaign to raise funds to purchase property
  • A campaign to promote public response to the Army Corps of Engineers call for public comment on development of the wetlands at 14th & Lime. The developer now has multiple hoops to jump through.
  • An effort to urge Fernandina Beach to include conservation in its 2018 budget, to return the conservation position for Parks & Rec to the budget and plan for a master’s-level position for the Planning Department for 2019.
  • Distribution of Tree City USA Bulletin 55, “How Trees Can Retain Stormwater Runoff,” to Fernandina Beach and Nassau County Commissioners, relevant boards and committees, and key employees.
  • Submit recommendations to Nassau County regarding the Amelia River to Sea trail.
  • Sponsored Munsell McPhillips’ presentation, “The Secret Life of Trees: Living in a Maritime Forest”:
    • Delivered as the kickoff event for the spring series of lectures at the Plantation through the support of AIPCA.
    • We have repeatedly attempted to get this presented for the Fernandina Beach commissioners.
    • We are currently creating a video based on this lecture.
  • Attended and spoke at numerous City and County meetings.
  • Public Awareness Group (Terri Dean, Mark Dean, Shelly Nordlinger, Janet Chatfield, Berta Arias):
    • Speaking to organizations: spoke at Rotary Club Oct. 6
    • Booths at the Farmers Market: fall date cancelled post-Irma, but have a spring date
    • Created magnets, rack cards & posters
    • Available for meetings and HOA/community presentations
  • Advisory Committee members:
    • Munsell McPhillips has been working with the Nassau County Director of Planning and Economic Development on the revision of the Tree Protection and Replacement Ordinance and other County improvements. She often provides expertise to the Steering Committee and is in the process of converting her presentation, “The Secret Life of Trees: Living in a Maritime Forest,” into a video.
    • Robert Prager provides expertise to the Steering Committee as needed.
    • Dave Holly has provided support and expertise on i-Tree research.
    • Phil Scanlan has been developing campaigns related to trails and removal of vines smothering our trees on A1A.
    • Betsie Huben has organized her community to fight the construction of the NexTower cell phone tower and has been providing information to the Steering Committee.
    • Lyn Pannone volunteered at Wild Amelia & often speaks out in support of ATC efforts.
  • GIS Group (Maureen Goff & Harry Weisenborn) is working on using GIS techniques to identify remaining canopy on the island and environmentally sensitive areas that would help guide us in identifying prime properties for conservation, planting, etc.
  • Fundraisers:
  • “Tree Cruise,” April 23
  • The Giving Tree Campaign at the end of each calendar year
  • Events held by other groups or members to benefit ATC:
    • Celebration of the life of Tom Cote-Merow and his contributions to environmental causes on Amelia Island, Aug. 29.
    • Amelia Island Walk, created and organized by Amy Tompkins; originally scheduled for Oct. 7; to be rescheduled as a result of Irma cleanup
    • Color It Green Giving 2017, Laurie Moffitt
  • Awards (to be announced at 2017 annual business meeting on Nov. 9):
  • ATC Award for extraordinary service to our trees/canopy or to our organization:
    • Peg Lehosit for her Legacy Tree Project in Fernandina  Beach
  • Voice of the Island Award for extraordinary service to the environment of Amelia Island by speaking out orally, in writing or through photography.
    • MaVynee Betsch
    • Joan Bean
    • Munsell McPhillips


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