The Spring Island Trust Native Plant Project (SITNPP) was established in the spring of 2009.
The goals of the Project are:
- Preserve and propagate plants that are indigenous to Spring Island and the Low Country
- Increase the availability of native plants through regular plant sales. (Proceeds benefit the Spring Island Trust.)
- Provide education for Spring Island members and others about native plants and how to grow them
Workshops and activities include:
- Harvesting, propagating and nurturing native plants
- Rescuing desirable plants from building sites before the land is cleared for construction
- Work in the greenhouse such as seeding, rooting cuttings, transplanting and monitoring
- Work in the nursery such as potting, pruning, labeling, taking inventory and monitoring
- Providing plants for native plant wildlife habitat creation and restoration through a Lowcountry Institute grant program.
Over 50 Spring Island members serve as SITNPP volunteers. The Spring Island Landscape Ecologist, Karl Ohlandt, serves as a resource for the team and participates in many of the activities.
Additional SITNPP educational initiatives include Spring Island Trust Talks and other presentations, field trips and articles in Island publications.