We are deeply saddened to share the news of the sudden passing of Sam Carlton, a remarkable individual who made an indelible impact on the Lowcountry and its community of landowners. Sam served on the Lowcountry Land Trust Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2017 and was a trusted forester and advisor to many of our easement donors.
Sam’s dedication and unwavering commitment to Lowcountry conservation were unparalleled. His calm demeanor, wisdom, and intuition regarding the land made him an invaluable asset to the region. Sam’s passion for the outdoors stemmed from his upbringing, where he developed a love for hunting and fishing on his grandmother’s farm in Sylvania, Georgia.
Beyond his role at Lowcountry Land Trust, Sam was a cherished mentor as a partner at American Forestry Management. Known for his kindness and gentle soul, he radiated warmth and made everyone feel valued in his presence. His words carried weight, and his wisdom of the land resonated with all who had the privilege of knowing him.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Sam’s family during this difficult time. Let us remember Sam Carlton for his remarkable contributions to our mission, his love for the land, and the lasting impact he made on all of us. He will be dearly missed, but his spirit will continue to guide us as we carry on his conservation legacy. Rest in peace, Sam.
Image: Sam Carlton (center) at Lowcountry Land Trust’s 2016 Sporting Clays Shoot, where he won best overall shooter.