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Restoration work at the Blackwell Heritage Preserve
January 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
We’re going to do more restoration work at the Blackwell Heritage Preserve in Travelers Rest!
On Saturday, January 8, we will work from 9 a.m. until noon to remove privet and other exotic plants from this SC DNR Heritage Preserve on Blue Ridge Drive, just off Highway 25 north of Travelers Rest. This Preserve was established to protect the federally-endangered wetland plant, the Bunched Arrowhead, which exists in rare Piedmont Seepage Forest Wetlands only in a limited area of Greenville County and a few places in Henderson County, NC. A few years ago, over 50 acres (the McKinney Tract) were added to the Preserve to protect the wetlands after the Society, local residents, and other conservationists fought a proposed intensive development on the site. Read more here: Arrows and Hearts . . . . — South Carolina Natural Resources (scnaturalresourcesblog.com).
For the last two winters, we have spent several Saturday mornings removing privet and other invasive shrubs and are well on the way to restoring this seepage forest. This year, we will expand the restored area and continue our march to the river!
Wear shoes/boots you can get wet, gloves, and long sleeves and long pants (there can be some poison ivy at the site). Most of the work involves pulling and moving privet, but bring a shovel, hand saw, mattock – if you can, but not required.
Directions: Take Highway 25 from Travelers Rest north. Go past the Spinx Station at the intersection of Tigerville Road and Highway 25. Blue Ridge Drive is the next right, a short distance further north. Turn right on Blue Ridge Drive. The Preserve entrance is a small unpaved driveway through a gate, on the left a mile or so up Blue Ridge Drive. The Preserve is marked by blue bars painted on trees along the left side of the road. You can pull into the drive way and park in the field. DNR has bush hogged the field, so the Preserve is much more open than in past years.
If you plan to come, please email Frank Holleman, President of Naturaland Trust, at [email protected]. If the weather is bad, we will cancel, but we can let you know only if you email. If you get lost, you can call 864-979-9431. You can come late or leave early.