We are each lovers of the natural world.

We are the Central Savannah River Land Trust: a nationally-accredited, local non-profit, passionate about the future of these special places throughout our community.

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Whether it’s the power and grace of the Savannah River, the tranquility of canoeing a cypress swamp, the exhilaration of an early-morning hunt, the fun of spending a day at Clark’s Hill with family, or simply admiring the majesty of an old-growth timber stand; we can all agree: our local landscape has so much to offer.

By permanently preserving them, we are protecting our quality of life today and leaving our children a legacy that will last for generations.

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Since 2001, the Land Trust has protected over 7,300 acres of land throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

Places like the Augusta Canal Trail, where families can enjoy an afternoon on the river, and scenic views of the Savannah River like the ones from the I-20 bridge, and several Columbia County neighborhoods are just some of our more well-known success stories.

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The Land Trust is funded entirely by donations and grants made by people just like you.

It is our members, landowners, and supporters who are the real heroes — each one doing his or her part to ensure our Garden City stays green and beautiful forever.

To all who support the Land Trust: thank you for partnering with us on the journey!

 

 

Board of Directors


As a largely-volunteer organization, the Land Trust is run by members of the community who give of their time and talents to protecting our shared natural resources throughout the CSRA.
We are proud to introduce our board and staff to you.

Rob Pavey

Chairman

The newest member of our board, Rob brings a lifetime of knowledge and skills in the fields of journalism, hunting/fishing, and local history to the Land Trust.  Rob writes a weekly outdoors column and covers a variety of topics for the metro section of the Augusta Chronicle in addition to his freelance writing projects. He has been an avid angler and hunter ever since he realized he had neither the aptitude nor the desire to take up golf, and has been a full-time journalist for 28 years, including 11 years as bureau chief in Columbia County. Before joining The Chronicle, he worked at newspapers in Columbia, S.C., and West Palm Beach, Fla. He has edited or authored three reference books on antique fishing tackle; and his freelance work has appeared in Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal and Georgia Outdoor News. Rob lives in Evans, GA.

Kevin Glass

Events

An Augusta native, Kevin has always had a love for nature and a strong desire to conserve its beauty.  From an early age, he was taught to “respect the land and take care of it.”  Upon graduating from college, Kevin went into the field of banking, working in cities like Nashville, Jacksonville, FL, and Atlanta, GA, before coming home to Augusta, GA.  Kevin currently serves as Director of Private Banking for First Citizens Bank.  In addition to his role at the Land Trust, Kevin is involved as a University Health Foundation board member, Morris Museum of Art Board Member, Former metro YMCA board member, Treasurer for the Khayamandi Foundation, and a board member for CSRA Business lending.

Jeb Murray

Strategic Planning

Jeb practices law with the Augusta firm Warlick, Tritt, Stebbins, & Murray, LLP, where he focuses primarily on business litigation. Prior to this practice, Jeb was a criminal prosecutor. Jeb has served on the board of directors for the Imperial Theatre and Safe Homes/Domestic Violence Intervention Center. In addition to his board affiliations, Jeb is also on the Ethics Committee for the Gracewood State School and Hospital. He is an avid outdoorsman, with a special interest in botany and ornithology.

Bert Pollard

Stewardship

Bert is an Augusta native and third-generation family businessman. Having earned both his Bachelors in Forestry and Masters in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, Bert works with the Pollard Lumber Company as a registered forester. He has served on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Logger Sub-Education Committee, and the Georgia Forestry Commission Columbia County Board, and is a member of the Leadership Augusta Class of 2010. He enjoys serving his church, Kiokee Baptist, where his family has attended and served since its inception in the 1700s. Bert enjoys fishing, hunting and the outdoors.

Trey Kennedy

Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

Bobby Wright

Vice-Chairman

Bio coming soon.

Staff Members


Hazel Cook

Executive Director

Hazel has over 15 years of experience in public policy, conservation and environmental law, grant writing, graphic design, and business administration. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College, and a Masters of Arts in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Hazel has been a part of the Land Trust since 2004, and is honored to have watched the organization grow from its humble beginnings into a nationally-accredited land trust with over 7,000 acres of preserved land in eleven Georgia and South Carolina counties.  Outside of her role at the Land Trust, Hazel’s hobbies include outdoor adventure sports, international travel, organic gardening, ballroom dance, and performing arts.   She and her husband, Taylor, also run Piccolina Farm, a small organic farm that supplies fresh healthy vegetables to local farmers markets.

Bethany Surles

Membership & Events Coordinator

Bethany is an Augusta native who’s passionate about preserving her hometown, where she has the fondest memories of boating in the Savannah River, playing in the creek behind her childhood home, and spending time with her family along the Augusta Canal. Bethany graduated from Augusta University, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing, in 2016.

Bethany is a member of Young Professionals of Augusta and an active volunteer at Journey Community Church and Active Climbing and Ninja Center. When she’s not at work, Bethany enjoys rock climbing with her husband Neill and capturing people’s stories as a freelance photographer. She considers referencing quotable tv moments to be an art form, and her favorite things include weekend adventures, craft beer, aerial arts, and a back porch view of the sunset.

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We’re based right in the heart of Augusta only minutes from some of our favorite preserved spaces and the natural beauty of our region. So keeping that beauty is always on our minds!

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