Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands

The Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands, Inc., a 501c3, was formed under the guidance of Pete Richards in October of 2019.  On February 28th of 2020 Pete died but his legacy lives on.  The Board of Directors are proudly continuing Pete’s vision of the “Wonderment of the Wetlands.”

Our mission is to support the cypress wetlands and rookery, increase community awareness through education, and advocate for maintaining this stormwater retention system as a working organic laboratory.

We hope you will join us in our quest to aid the Town of Port Royal in maintaining and educating, both young and old, about this unique and natural treasure.  Join us by donating here.

Original Board of Directors
Bernadette Clayton, Kathleen Bray, Pete Richards, Sally Jessee, Rob Merchant, Kate Hamilton Pardee

Check out this amazing interview one of our board members, Betsy Richards, did with the Beaufort News talking about the history of the Friends of the Port Royal Cypress Wetlands and the things we do.  Great job Betsy!

Pete Richards
Founding Member

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1st President of Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands, Inc.

"Discover the Wonderment of the Cypress Wetlands"

The Cypress Wetlands and wading bird rookery benefited tremendously from the passion, vision, and leadership of Pete Richards. This picture was taken August 8, 2019, while Pete visited wetland 3 to help create new interpretive signs for the boardwalks. Pete passed away on February 28, 2020. We are grateful for his dedication to the birds, people, and community of Port Royal.

Board of Directors

President – Scot Clark

Treasurer & Town Liaison – Bernadette Clayton

Corresponding Secretary & Director of Maintenance – Kathleen “Kat” Bray

Secretary – Alisa Avery

Director of Social Media & FOPRCW Photographer – Mike Shay

Notable Friends

Elizabeth “Betsy” Richards

Kate Hamilton Pardee

Dr. Chris Marsh

Sally Jessee

Robert Pruit

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