Based in Hilton Head Island, Richard E. Thomas is a founding partner at Legacy Leadership, LLC. In this role he helps design and provide leadership and team development training experiences that are based on historical events. Aside from his work, Richard E. Thomas supports the Civil War Trust, an organization that seeks to preserve Civil War battlefields in the United States. He is also on the Boards of the Heritage Library, the Friends of Honey Hill, the Santa Elena Foundation, and provides programs for the Coastal Discovery Museum, the Lowcountry Civil War Roundtable, OLLI, and other area organizations.
In order to preserve Civil War battlefields, the Civil War Trust uses two types of conservation transactions. The first type, a conservation easement, involves a landowner who continues to own his or her land but agrees to keep it free from future development. The other form, known as a fee simple transaction, requires a transfer of ownership to the Civil War Trust. When sellers express interest in relinquishing their land to the Civil War Trust, Trust officials consult the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report (CWSAC). This in-depth historical report helps the Trust understand the significance of the land in question. Then, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Trust generates a detailed map of the land. This map helps the Trust decide which of the two conservation techniques should be used.
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An experienced executive working out of Hilton Head, South Carolina, Richard E. Thomas currently guides Legacy Leadership, LLC as its founding partner.