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Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation Hosts Special Celebration

September 24, 2009 | Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation | SC

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Contact: John Girault
843-224-1849 | John@mountpleasantopenspace.org

Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation Hosts Special Celebration

MT. PLEASANT, SC --The Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation hosted a public celebration at the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park on Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:30pm to give special thanks to the Town of Mount Pleasant, to celebrate land preservation and to unveil their fresh new name and look.  The non-profit land trust has formally changed its name to the Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy.

The celebration included a heart felt thank you from the organizations Board Chair, Susan Duffie.  Mrs. Duffie, a founding Board member herself, described the evolution of the organization and acknowledged the critically important Open Space Ad Hoc committee that researched the need for land preservation in Mount Pleasant back in 2000.  She also shared the organizations sincere appreciation to Town of Mount Pleasant for making the decision to invest the time, talent and funding to create the organization.

Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy (MPLC) Executive Director, John Girault, presented some exciting details about the state of the organization.  “We currently have a total of four conservation easement projects that are actively being processed with the anticipation that at least one of them will be finalized and signed before the end of this year” Girault stated.  “Community support and awareness is building and today’s ceremony marks the formal launch of the Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy’s dedication to land preservation in East Cooper.

Tim Keane, the Chair of the MPLC Public Relations Committee, officially introduced and unveiled the organization’s new name and logo.  Mr. Keane explained that the logo comes from the classic 20th century craftsman aesthetic, the idea of being hand built or crafted to last over time.  Some of the inspiration came from a book called Parks and Recreation Structures from 1938.  The second factor was to come up with a logo that would place it in Mount Pleasant.  Playing off of the oak leaf that is so prevalent in the area and combining it with the craftsman look, the image was created.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy’s First Annual Golden Oak Leaf Award.  The award will be given annually to an individual or group that has shown leadership and dedication to preserving and enhancing the natural and civic qualities of East Cooper.  The recipient for this inaugural dedication was the Town of Mount Pleasant.  John Girault presented the award to Mayor Kruger Smith and Town Administrator Mac Burdette.  John explained that the MPLC Board of Directors could not think of a more fitting entity to be the first to receive this special recognition.  The Town of Mount Pleasant passed a Resolution authorizing and acknowledging the independence of the Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation during their July 14th Town Council meeting.

The Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy is a non profit land trust that was created to protect land and natural resources that contribute to the unique Mount Pleasant and East Cooper quality of life.  This includes wetlands, upland property, scenic vistas and public spaces such as parks.  Find out more by visiting www.mountpland.org.

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