Abigails December Meeting Featuring Sustainable Skidaway

  • December 09, 2021
  • 3:30 PM
  • Messiah Lutheran Church
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We are pleased to announce our first in-person program since the pandemic forced us to meet via Zoom in 2020. We will return to the Fellowship Hall at the Messiah Lutheran Church for a program entitled DEER & DIGS:  A Look Behind the Scenes at Community Sustainability Certification. Members of the steering committee for Sustainable Skidaway, Mal Welch, Blake Caldwell, and Diane Thompson, will be joined by Public Works Environmental Manager Dylan Till from the TLA.

Public Works Environmental Manager Dylan Till will talk about the TLA deer management program and how it contributes to all three aspects of sustainability -- environmental, economic and social.

We will learn why Skidaway residents sought certification as a sustainable community and how both the deer management program and the archaeological digs currently underway contribute to all three aspects of sustainability -- environmental, economic and social.

Mal Welch has been involved with Skidaway Audubon since moving to The Landings in 2008. She was instrumental in putting together a series of community-wide panels to address the importance of water conservation on the island. She initiated the installation of the Landings bird cam. Out of a first-ever roundtable gathering of every environmental stewardship group on the island in 2014, came a decision to seek certification of The Landings as an Audubon International Sustainable Community.  Certification was achieved five years later, and recertification occurred this year. She co-chairs that initiative with Diane Thompson. 

Since moving to The Landings in 2011, Diane Thompson has served on numerous committees including leadership positions as Treasurer of The Landings Association Board of Directors, President of New Neighbors and President of Landings Landlovers.  She joined the Sustainable Skidaway Steering Committee in 2014 during the initial stages of obtaining certification for The Landings as an Audubon International Sustainable Community.  She most recently has served as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee.

Blake Caldwell moved to the Landings in 2002 and has been very active in The Landings and Savannah communities.  She served many years on the Landings Public Works Committee, chaired the Dog Park Committee, and most recently was on the Board of Directors.  She developed and initially ran Skidaway Farms.  She is currently Vice President of Healthy Savannah, served as chair of the Savannah/Chatham Food Policy Council and chaired the Agriculture and Archaeology Committees for Sustainable Skidaway.  She received the Skidaway Audubon “Environmental Stewardship Award” in 2011.  


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