Amelia Tree Conservancy (ATC) is a diverse coalition of Amelia Island citizens and friends dedicated to preserving our maritime forest canopy—native island trees, understory and the unique environment they create. We are an all-volunteer, nonpartisan, community-supported organization. Our mission is to:
- Preserve the maritime forest on Amelia Island, FL.
- Educate the public and increase awareness regarding the nature and composition of the Amelia Island maritime forest canopy ecosystem and its importance in creating a habitat for humans, birds, animals and plants.
- Promote community engagement in the preservation and welfare of the Amelia Island canopy.
- Contribute to the reforestation of lost canopy on Amelia Island.
- Use all earnings and property exclusively for these charitable and educational purposes.
The Amelia Island canopy and its habitat play an important role in the life and health of all inhabitants of Amelia Island: humans, plants and animals. With the rapid pace of development, we consider this a critical period for saving what remains of our maritime forest canopy, as it is disappearing rapidly. We therefore invite everyone to join us in saving trees on Amelia Island. Our slogan is “Protecting the canopy that protects us” and we are fighting for “zero canopy loss.”
ATC formed in 2013 as a community response to Flash Foods’ destruction of the lovely live oaks at the intersection of S. Fletcher and 1st Coast Highway (A1A). Our founder Lyn Pannone set up communication networks and meetings to organize our community to change the prevalent perspective on trees. A major result was the passage of the first county tree ordinance for Amelia Island. Since then, we have contributed to several iterations of improvements to the City and County ordinances, and we have raised community awareness of the importance of our canopy and the need to maintain it.
In its development, ATC joined forces with North Florida Land Trust and was an independent committee of NFLT for roughly four and a half years. Now, Amelia Tree Conservancy is an independent 501(c)3 corporation licensed in the State of Florida. 83-1217870. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSENENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ATC #CH56132
ATC Officers & Board
Margaret Kirkland, Chair
Lyn Pannone, Vice Chair
Russell Jahn, Treasurer
Berta Arias, Recording Secretary
Teddie McMahon, Membership Secretary
ATC membership is based on donations and open to all who are interested in the ATC mission. The membership period extends for one calendar year. Members are encouraged to serve on ATC committees, both standing and ad hoc, and participate in ATC-sponsored events that advance our shared goals.
Thank You to Our Photographers
We express our appreciation to the following professional and amateur photographers whose photos appear on this site: Michael Spicer, Sherry Roberteen Carter, Jonathan Tomassetti, Bailey Struss, Tom Raymond, John E. Baker and Margaret Kirkland. We also express appreciation to Samantha Hoskins, ATC Instagram Coordinator.