A Success for People and Place

Unique Places to Save was successful in raising over $17,000 to create an interpretive trail, signage and seating area highlighting the rare Georgia Sunrose plants at Springer’s Point Preserve on Ocracoke Island, owned and managed by the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. The 120-acre Springer’s Point Preserve, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is the only location in the Outer Banks where this tiny, ground-hugging plant with exquisitely lovely yellow flowers can be found. The sensitive natural area in which the Georgia Sunrose population grows is truly special and worthy of further protection and enhancement.

These improvements serve as a memorial to honor the life of the late Tammy Finch, for whom Springer’s Point was a favorite place to enjoy with her family. The Tammy Finch memorial includes: an extended nature trail showcasing the population of Georgia Sunrose with log borders of local Atlantic White cedar; a sign telling the story of this rare native plant and dedicating the area to the memory of Tammy Finch; and seating area created by local craftsmen, overlooking the site.

We would like to thank the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust for doing the work to establish this memorial in partnership with Unique Places to Save. Nature photographer Michael Halminski has compiled a wonderful gallery of photos of this rare native plant.

Read more about Springer’s Point Preserve HERE.

Personal Messages from Donors

"I hope this special place will be a sanctuary for many and a place of healing." - Chip M. 

"I'm so excited to be able to honor Tammy in this way. We will be creating a sacred space on a sacred island for a sacred woman." - Bill B. 

"May this trail, signage and seating area bring incredible memories and peace that will last into perpetuity."  Robert and Lori M. 

"All of us here at the Coastal Land Trust are truly honored to be part of this lovely memorial to Tammy...we are so very grateful to you all. And thank you Jeff, for starting this out!" - Camilla Herlevich