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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.

Legal Expert: Maritime Forest Settlement is "Invalid and Unenforceable"

A former federal judge hired by the Town of Sullivan's Island reviewed the controversial mediation settlement and found it to be "invalid and unenforceable."

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!

What Should SI Do with Voter Mandate?

It was a record-breaking voter turnout in the May 4 Sullivan's Island election. The Post and Courier weighs in on what council should do with its new voter mandate.

Record-Breaking Election Raises Hopes for Maritime Forest

Voters sent an overwhelming message on election night: booting two incumbents who voted to push through a controversial Maritime Forest mediation. Now a new council may have the chance to save the forest from destruction.

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.

In the News

The public's interest in our efforts to save the Maritime Forest continues to grow. See the latest. news here. If you have contacts at national news outlets, please. reach. out to us today!

Council Sneaks a Revised Cutting Plan Through with Little Public Input

In an almost exact repeat of the troubling October meeting where four councilmembers rushed the original mediation plan through to a vote, the same councilmembers did it again in March with a revised cutting plan that could be worse for the forest.

Must Read: Cutters Ignoring Reality of Climate Change Science

Ignoring the Town's own management plan that clearly states the value of the maritime forest as a barrier to storm surge -- a group of 4 councilmembers pushed the cutting plan forward.

Investigation: How Mass Tree Removal is Causing More Flooding

This investigation by the Post and Courier shows how mass tree removal is creating more flooding in the Charleston area.