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I encourage people to go beyond looking at ( the forest ) as a bunch of trees , bushes , or scrub and getting to know their environment better ...
stones we are focused on ,” Cunningham continues . “ These cornerstones include great schools , healthcare , and places for people to gather and play . Our mission is lifelong learning and working with industry experts to create a healthy community , and you can only do that when the residents get involved .”
The plan is to leave the green curtains : the beautiful and diverse backdrop that makes this region so special . Richmond Hill has been on the path of growth for quite some time , and it ’ s only right that the trees that gave it roots get to see it flourish .
“ All we are really doing is building upon the higher quality of life that is already here in Richmond Hill ,” says Cunningham . “ The foundation has already been established with Bryan County Schools and the work both the County and City have done to create

I encourage people to go beyond looking at ( the forest ) as a bunch of trees , bushes , or scrub and getting to know their environment better ...

” an environment where people want to raise their families . We are working to create a place to be a companion of that foundation . I live here with my family and I want to see it grow in a way that maintains the small town charm and local color . It ’ s nice to have a part in that because at the end of the day , Richmond Hill is the American Dream . To have a safe place to live , a good community , knowing your neighbors and knowing that you have places to recreate . That ’ s it for me .”

For over 30 years , that stretch of loblolly and slash pine has been Rayonier ’ s companion ; providing jobs , material for pulp and paper , and sanctuary to coastal plants and animals . Now , it ’ s the foundation for a new kind of habitat ... ours .
With any luck , and with excellent planning , we can become each other ’ s helpmates , plant dreams that grow as tall as adult pines , and create a community garden bursting with opportunity . And in the end , after you ’ ve created memories to last a lifetime , you can look up at the trees and know they were there to see it all . •
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