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Nonprofit Ends Lease with City of Peachtree City for Management of Nature Areas

FAYETTEVILLE, GEORGIA February 28, 2022 –  The Southern Conservation Trust (SCT) has proudly managed Peachtree City’s Line Creek and Flat Creek Nature Areas since the early 1990’s, along with the Somerby Woods Nature Area that is connected to Somerby Senior Living since 2018, through a “lease” and management agreements with Peachtree City, that owns the properties.

After much deliberation, the Southern Conservation Trust has decided to end its lease and management agreements with the City of Peachtree City in regards to the three nature areas. Due to the growth and expansion of the City, it has become financially taxing on SCT to manage the properties without the support of the City.

“The Southern Conservation Trust’s history and roots as an organization are deeply connected to these properties, so it is with heavy hearts that we make this decision for the betterment of our mission, and focus more on areas that need our team’s skills,” Katie Pace Quattlebaum, Executive Director of the Southern Conservation Trust, said.

“Though this was a difficult decision, Peachtree City has the resources to manage these nature areas on their own. Moving forward, this will allow us to support other cities and towns in nature area development and management, as well as continue management of the five other parks in the area. We have a special place in our hearts for Line Creek, Flat Creek, and Somerby Woods and will continue to look forward to all the potential the nature preserves have to offer the residents of Peachtree City.”

The Southern Conservation Trust has grown tremendously over the last few years. The growth of the organization has led them to become more strategic and mindful in regards to where it places valuable donated resources. As they continue to expand their mission to protect additional acreage throughout Georgia and the Southeast and to provide more environmental education opportunities to the local communities, changes in strategies and plans are inevitable.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune