October Upstate Monthly Meeting – Black River State Park and Water Trails Master Plan and Land Use

Our speaker for October’s program will be Rick Huffman, principal and founder of Earth Design Inc. with over 30 years of experience in landscape design, horticulture, bioengineering, and ecology. He has particular expertise in native plants as they occur in natural models. As founder and past-president of the South Carolina Native Plant Society, he has brought awareness of these natural models to the public through presentations and workshops on a statewide and regional level.

The Black River is a 150-mile-long Black water river with head waters in Camden and empties into Winyah and Georgetown South Carolina. After nearly 20 years of stalled planning, the steering committee embarked upon a report and getting a Master Plan River Trails plan done for a 70-mile reach from Kingstree in Williamsburg to Rocky Point in Georgetown County. The 70-mile river corridor presents a wilderness experience where time and place tell the story of people and culture that make the Black River unique. The new Park will be the first in South Carolina in nearly twenty years.

Earth Design was hired as the Landscape Architecture consultants to study the corridor, conduct community engagement, locate new river access, design a series of state parks, river trails, recreations opportunities including off river camping, picnic, and fishing platforms. The team consisted of Landscape Architects, Architects, Engineers, and Community specialist.

Mr. Huffman will show how the design and community engagement process worked with surveys, public meetings, and local leaders. The program will detail how river landforms, land use and soils dictate decisions on access, Long Leaf Pine restoration, and user experience. Mr. Huffman will show detail designs and renderings of 4 tracts where outfitters, state park amenities, nature-based camping, and fishing will be located. Beyond a doubt a true wilderness experience to be discovered on the Black River.

Make sure to mark your calendars, or download the calendar invitation from our events site, here.

Please join us at 6:30 for social time and the program will begin at 7PM.

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