On Saturday morning October 8, a great group of volunteers gathered in Pickens County near the Nine Times Forest to rescue native plants. The site is part of a property conserved by Naturaland Trust.
As part of a stream restoration and water quality project sponsored by SC DNR, one dam on the property is being removed and another will be lowered. The volunteers removed plants from areas where the dams will be removed and altered to free up the stream. The volunteers saved two truckloads of Christmas ferns, goldenrods, native mints, saplings, Joe Pye weed, and other woodland and waterside plants. One truckload went back to the Society’s greenhouse to be potted up for a future plant sale or restoration projects, and another truckload were taken by a Palmetto Trail group to restore areas in the Eastatoee Creek Heritage Preserve where bridge repairs on the Trail have disturbed surrounding vegetation. Native Plant Society members were joined by Americorps volunteers who are working with the Palmetto Trail.
Special thank yous to Wes Cooler for bringing his ATV to transport the plants to and from the rescue sites and to Miller Putnam for bringing his truck and transporting plants back to the Society’s greenhouse.