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Upstate’s last chance at Michelin plant rescue
June 3 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
This may be our last plant rescue at the Michelin construction site; the regulatory approvals are coming in, and we are told that the bulldozers won’t be far behind. We have enjoyed working with Tom Hutsell over the last few months, and we certainly appreciate Michelin’s participation in this endeavor!
If you have missed the earlier rescue opportunities, don’t miss out now. The weather report looks good. This will be our 6th plant rescue along this small woodland creek, home to several Piedmont wildflowers and one of the largest assemblages of pinxter-flower azaleas (Rhododendron periclymenoides/ Rhododendron nudiflorum) that we’ve ever seen. The last rescue was a month ago, and we expect that the plant selection may have increased.
Email Frank Holleman to let us know you are coming: <[email protected]>.
Meet at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the QT Station at Exit 60 (Highway 101) on I-85 between Greenville and Spartanburg (1840 Hwy 101 south, Greer). We will leave as a group and travel about 5 miles south on Highway 101 to the Michelin construction site. If you have a truck, please bring it.
Note — This is an active construction site for Michelin’s new distribution center: We must enter together as a group (no stragglers!); we must wear leather shoes or boots; and it is important that we have a list of those coming, so don’t forget to register!
Bring gloves and digging tools and 3-gallon pots if you have some. Leather shoes or boots are required at this site. It’s always good to wear long pants and sleeves; poison ivy may be present.
Normally we finish at the site by noon and then transport the plants either to a location on the Michelin site where they will be taken care of, or to a location nearer to Greenville where we will care for them before transplanting. Since this may be our last opportunity here, some folks are saying that they would like the option of working into the afternoon — whether this will be possible is uncertain — but if you might like to do that, please let Frank know when you register (and you may want to pack a lunch).
Don’t forget, volunteers do get to take some plants home!