Upstate Plant Rescue and Planting

Twin Chimneys 2016-01-30

Bill Sharpton led a group of 13 energetic volunteers in rescuing Christmas ferns (Polystichum acrostichoides) from a soon-to-be covered site at Twin Chimneys Landfill in southern Greenville County on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant, the group headed to a section of the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Cleveland Park near the Greenville Zoo to plant the rescued ferns.  This is a section of the Swamp Rabbit Trail that is a special project for the Upstate Chapter where Bill Sharpton and his volunteers have been removing invasives and replacing them with native plants.

The weather cooperated (high in the low 60’s) and lots of families were visiting the zoo to take advantage of a beautiful winter day in Upstate South Carolina.

SC Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference on Sept 12th, please come! Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill

The SC Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference is rapidly approaching (Sept 12th). Tomorrow is the last day for EARLY REGISTRATION, so act now! There will be some great speakers as well as  Continuing Education Units Offered (CEUs): Continuing Forestry Credit, SC Pesticide License Re-certification Credit,Certified Arborist, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist.

The conference will be held at the beautiful Anne Springs Gateway in Fort Mill, SC, see the agenda below.  You can register online at Http://  Please bring your personal refillable water bottle and coffee mug to help reduce waste. We’ll see you there! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Anne Springs Close Greenway
841 Springfield Pkwy, Fort Mill, SC 29715
From 9 am to 330 pm


Registration Fee: $40 per person (includes lunch and all confer-ence activities). Deadline to register is September 4, 2013. Regis-tration received after Sept. 4, 2013 is $50.

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Refreshments
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ben Powell, SC-EPPC President
Current and Emerging Threats

9:45 – 10:15 Battling the Green Menace: An Attempt at Kudzu Removal and Replacement
Dr. Wade Worthen, Furman University

10:15 – 10:45 Restoring Giant Cane
Carrie Miller, USDA Forest Service
10:45 – 11:00 BREAK

10:30 – 11:00 Scrub Oak Removal and Native Vegetation Restoration in Hitchcock Woods, Aiken Co.
Gary Burger, SC Dept. of Natural Resources

11:30 – 12:00 Monitoring Wildlife Use of Invasive Plant Restoration Sites
Dan Hill, Kalmia Gardens at Coker College
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00- 1:45 EPPC business meeting, open forum, and field trip logistics

1:45 – 3:30 The Anne Springs Close Greenway Field Trip
Bill Steele, Leroy Springs & Co. Inc.
(Field trip will visit a restored Piedmont Prairie and sites in various stages of management for Kudzu, Privet, Silverthorn, Bush Honeysuckle, Chinaberry, Stilt Grass and several others)



Upstate Workday at Gateway

Bunched Arrowhead plants

Bunched arrowhead, Sagittaria fasciculata

Installing Hay Bales at Gatewood

Unloading hay bales at Gatewood

Members of the Upstate Chapter met on Saturday, June 2nd to take interim measures to protect the threatened population of Bunched arrowhead at Gateway School. Hay bales and log check dams were installed in the drainage way to slow down the water flow that has been causing sedimentation and scouring. Engineering studies have been completed at the site and plans have been drawn up to redesign the water flow to protect the plants.