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 augment the awareness of this stormwater system that provides a filtration and retention system of runoff to the marsh for the Town of Port Royal. The bonus of this unique system is the Rookery that provides a beautiful haven for the birds and other wildlife with native plant species.
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 RichardsFounding Member
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"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 – Nathan Sturre
Vice President & Director of Fundraising – 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
Elizabeth “Betsy” Richards
Kate Hamilton Pardee
Dr. Chris Marsh