A Nearly Decade-Long Effort Culminates in Key Conservation Win
In January, leaders from a coalition of pivotal environmental organizations gathered for a celebratory lunch to mark the passage of the Land Development Buffer Ordinance in Greenville County, a testament to their persistent efforts over the last eight years. The pictured leaders from this victorious campaign are Lisa Hallo, Sherry Barrett, Rebecca Wade, and Erika Hollis of Upstate Forever; Melanie Ruhleman from Save Our Saluda; Emily Poole of the Southern Environmental Law Center; Josie Newton from Friends of the Reedy; and our own Rick Huffman representing the South Carolina Native Plant Society.
This collaborative victory signifies a major leap forward for water quality and natural habitat preservation in the area. By establishing protective buffers around land developments, the ordinance aims to significantly reduce pollution runoff, safeguarding the county’s waterways for future generations.
The celebratory gathering not only honored the hard work and dedication of these environmental advocates but also symbolized a united front for the continued protection of natural resources in Greenville County. As these leaders reflect on their accomplishment, they are also setting their sights on future challenges, ready to continue their vital work in conservation.
If you happen to see any of these Buffer Warriors out and about, be sure to thank them for their tireless efforts and congratulate them on this tremendous achievement. Their dedication and collaboration have made a lasting impact on the conservation landscape of Greenville County.