Having been a member of the Greater Island Council for 20 years, I was disappointed a recent Island Packet article did not mention the efforts of the group's environmental subcommittee, which is partnered with Beaufort County Parks and Recreation.
I know of no other civic organization that has done a better job of educating its members about local natural resource protection than the Greater Island Council, and they have been doing so for 20 years, well before it became fashionable.
I write as a veteran of many of the groups that have championed the welfare of our waters, estuaries, wildlife and the agencies that are charged with their preservation. The council has provided us an energetic, resourceful and intellectually impressive forum unequaled anywhere else in South Carolina.
If there is a secretive aspect to the council, it is that most of the real work takes place in subcommittee meetings, which are open to and include nonmembers.
As a sounding board for environmental initiatives, there is no other civic or government agency that has demonstrated more interest or helped provide more solutions than the Greater Island Council.
On an associated note, Hilton Head Island is having its first Earth Day celebration April 2 at Shelter Cove Community Park. To become a partner or read about the activities, go to www.experiencegreen.org.
David Harter, chairmanFriends of the RiversHilton Head Island