Smith Island Land Trust

Smith Island Land Trust

To preserve the historically and ecologically significant lands of Bald Head Island for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Smith Island Complex — which includes Bald Head Island, Middle Island, and Bluff Island — is an area of exceptional ecological significance. These islands contain one of the largest and best examples of the natural Maritime Evergreen Forest, and include extensive areas of dune, beach, and marsh communities supporting a rich diversity of rare plant and animal species.

The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program has designated Bald Head Island as a site of national significance, recognizing that the natural communities and rare plants and animal populations are among the highest quality of their kind in the nation.

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Preservation

Every preserved lot makes a difference to the future of our islands.

Through the kindness and generosity of many donors, more than 100 acres of historically and ecologically significant land have been preserved by SILT, representing over 10% of the developable land across Bald Head Island and Middle Island, and a significant portion of the undevelopable land, including several beaches and the shoals of the legendary Cape Fear Point. 

SILT lots provide natural corridors for the island’s many animal species and a balanced ecosystem that encourages species diversity. Forests throughout the Smith Island Complex are used by more than 200 bird species as feeding and nesting grounds, or as stopovers during seasonal migrations. Undeveloped lots along the salt marsh provide food and protection for coastal marine fish, reptiles, shellfish, and birds. The ecosystem thrives in these natural areas and protects the incredible beauty of Bald Head Island for our future generations.

Smith Island Land Trust Protected Land

Bald Head Island Conservancy

Brown 2021

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Bradley/Andolsek 2013

Donated to the Bald Head Island Conservancy

Fitz-Hugh 2019

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Cassidy 2021

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Brown 2021

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Brown 2021

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Brown 2021

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Brown 2021

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Brown 2021

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Smith 2021

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Beam 1999

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Hobgood 2001

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Himes 2001

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Himes/Stevens 2000

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Young Realty 2007

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Young Realty 2007

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Paine 2019

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Wilrady (Yarborough) 2015

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Collings 2014

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Overstreet 2000

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Cauthen 2001

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Cauthen 2003

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Woody 2018

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Hoellerich 2007

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Gutman 2012

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

McQuaide 2002

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Kameen 2003

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Yates 1999

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Young Realty 2007

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Brown 2021

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Brown 2020

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Brown 2020

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Brown 2020

Donated in perpetuity by Devon, James, and Sinclair Brown

Dimling/Wesson 2000

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Price 2001

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Dimling-Monsein 2007

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Reyner 2011

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Kelly 2005

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Sayers 2003

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Bentsen 2001

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Lacin 2004

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Johnson 2016

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Quanstrom 2002

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Martin 2003

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Beam 1999

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Thompson 2020

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Young Realty 2004

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Young Realty 2004

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

ZMV Realty Holding LLC 2017

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Landfried 2005

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Overstreet 1999

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Carr 2007

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Young Realty 2008

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Young Realty 2008

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Young Realty 2008

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Horton 2011

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

Hollinshed 2005

Donated in perpetuity to the Smith Island Land Trust

History

1991


Charlie and Pat Young donate 22 acres of land on Middle Island to the Bald Head Island Conservancy. This area is now known as the Ibis Sanctuary.

1995


Several Bald Head Island property owners, led by Nancy Maguire, band together and begin a grassroots effort to “Save the Point” around the Cape Fear shoals.

1996


The Smith Island Land Trust (SILT) is formally established as a 501c(3) non profit corporation. Although SILT and the BHIC remain separate organizations, SILT works closely with the Conservancy and serves as the primary land preservation organization on the island.

1997


SILT raises $1,000,000 from over a thousand Bald Head Island friends and associates to acquire 11 acres on the point at Cape Fear. In order to provide it the highest level of protection possible, this pristine parcel is deeded to the State of North Carolina and is now part of the Bald Head Island State Natural Area.

2001


Thanks to the leadership and tenacity of Bob Timmons, 45 acres of marsh hammocks and 14 acres of maritime forest is purchased and deeded to the state, greatly extending the boundaries of the North Carolina Maritime Forest Preserve.

2022


In partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC), and thanks to the kindness and generosity of many donors, more than 100 acres of historically and ecologically significant land have been preserved by SILT, representing over 10% of the developable land across Bald Head Island and Middle Island, and a significant portion of undevelopable land, including several beaches and the shoals of the legendary Cape Fear Point.

Smith Island Trust Staff


G. Christopher Shank, PhD

Executive Director, BHIC

shank@bhic.org
910-338-0910

Smith Island Trust Board of Directors

Marianna Fitz-Hugh

President

Lynn Barnard

Vice President

Slaughter Fitz-Hugh III

Treasurer

Melanie Robbins

Secretary

G. Christopher Shank, PhD

Executive Director, BHIC

Catherine Chatas

BHI Conservancy President

Jim Brown

Hilary Gerhardt

Bill Moser

Alan Reyner

Contact Us

The officers and staff of the Smith Island Land Trust are happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you through the process of land donation.