The Fight to Save Travelers Rest’s Rare Piedmont Seepage Forest and Bunched Arrowhead

Bunched Arrowhead.
Photo Credit: NameThatPlant.net

The City Council of Travelers Rest is considering a proposed land development that encroaches on both a rare Piedmont Seepage Forest that flows into the Enoree River and contains more than one hundred Bunched Arrowhead plants.

In the past the TR Planning Commission has required a) protection of the headwaters seep; b) no development activities in the slope above the area where the Bunched Arrowhead are located; and c) consultation with the SC Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The SCNPS and the SELC (Southern Environmental Law Center) have sent comments to the Council in support of these protections, and asking that the entire Piedmont Seepage Forest and recharge zone be set aside as a protected natural area.

We have been encouraged by the response of many Council members, and are optimistic about the outcome. That said, if you live in TR, make your voice heard! Contact your City Council member today!

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