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. Our mission is to:
• 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.
• Advocate for and work towards community involvement for the preservation and welfare of the Amelia Island canopy.
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 is a partner and committee of NFLT with 501(c)3 status. (www.northfloridalandtrust.org) (Amelia Tree Conservancy is a subsidiary of North Florida Land Trust, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation licensed in the State of Florida. 59-3609167. 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 endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. NFLT REG. #CH11177)
ATC standing committees include the Steering Committee, Planting and Preservation, Outreach, Education, and Advisory. The members of the Steering Committee include:
Margaret Kirkland, Chair
Rebecca Raymond, Treasurer
Berta Arias, Secretary