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Town Council Moves to Save Maritime Forest

It was a historic move by the Sullivan’s Island Town Council as they voted 5-1 to have an attorney file for a judicial review of the controversial mediation settlement that would allow for mass cutting of the maritime forest.

DHEC: Permits Needed for Mass Cutting of Maritime Forest

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) issued a letter to Sullivan’s Island stating that because the “level of tree removal is significant” under the controversial Maritime Forest Lawsuit Settlement, a Major Critical Area Permit from DHEC would be required if the town wishes to pursue the plan.

Council Taking Action

SI Town Council is holding a Special Meeting to discuss the Maritime forest on Wednesday, September 29 at 5pm.

Town Council Urged to Act NOW

URGENT: Tell town council members to ask for a judicial review of the controversial settlement agreement that is designed to cut down the Sullivan’s Island Maritime Forest.

Big Win: What You Can Do Next!

On May 4, the voters of Sullivan’s Island came out in record-breaking numbers to voice their support for saving the maritime forest and elect a pro-conservation slate of candidates to Town Council. This is an important first step, but more urgent work remains!

Maritime Forest Serves as Habitat and Protector

A high density of trees and vegetation on the island serves to fortify its diffusive effect on the velocity of ocean waves during a storm surge. Thus the trees and shrubs of the Maritime Forest on Sullivan’s Island’s accreted land play an important role in the protection of Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston, in addition to the protecting the middle and back side of the island itself.