Jocassee Perk Up the Park Volunteer Day

Photo Credit: Sherrie Whitten

Friends of Jocassee sponsored Perk up the Park day at Keowee-Toxaway State Park Saturday, November 12th, and several conservation organizations pitched in to support the effort.  The Upstate Native Nursery supplied many of the 130 native plants went into the ground around the visitor’s center that were then mulched and watered.  Devils Fork State Park provided the mulch.  Jon Fritz of Bluestem Landscape Design led the project and also supplied some of his plants.  Jon spoke of the value of Fall planting where the roots have plenty of time to establish and develop before sending out the new growth next Spring.

Around 25 people participated in this group effort including State Park staff, SC Native Plant Society, Friends of Jocassee and Upstate Master Naturalist volunteers.  The event was scheduled from 9 am until noon, but the work was done in about an hour with plenty of socializing and networking going on.  It was a fun day and a job well done.

Paris Mountain’s Shiloh Ridge Preserved Forever

By Doug Lockard 04Nov22

Shiloh Ridge Map

By a vote of 9-3, Greenville County Council (GCC) members voted to approve a $400,000 allocation of funds by the Greenville County Historic and Natural Resource Trust (GCHNRT) providing the final piece of a momentous expansion of Paris Mountain State Park in the heart of the Upstate.  This public-private partnership enables the incorporation of the 146-acre Shiloh Ridge as part of a combined 270 acre and $2.3 million park expansion–almost the entire western side of Paris Mountain—into the park.  Park officials indicate the park is already seeing almost a half-million visitors a year and this new addition will eventually incorporate as many as 17 new trails.

The SC Native Plant Society (SCNPS) is particularly pleased with this addition for several reasons.  First, the preservation of such a large swath of habitat in the midst of such rapidly urban growth area will prove to be a tremendous bulwark for native plant diversity and beneficial wildlife as well as an anchor for wildlife corridors essential to species survival.  Secondly, opening up the additional native plant communities on the western side of the mountain will enable our growing community to experience an even greater diversity of native plant habitats.

The SCNPS would like to extend our gratitude to both the public and private partners that made this possible.  The private Naturaland Trust contributed 120 acres to the project, and the Greenville Community Foundation provided non-governmental participation.

The public S.C. Conservation Bank, our S.C. State Parks and the National Parks Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund each provided significant funding and support for the $2.35 million park expansion.

Photo by Mac Stone, Naturaland Trust

Thank you–all of you–for the courage, vision and perseverance in this singular act of conservation which will benefit our Upstate communities for generations to come.

 

 

All of these people coming together and finding a way to achieve the seeming impossible for a better tomorrow.  Right here, today, in the Upstate.  That’s what we’re talking about.

 

 

SALUDA RIVER BASIN PLANNING

The SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will provide a public overview of a new water planning framework that will guide surface water management in the Saluda River basin over the next 50 years.  Volunteers interested in serving on a council to develop and implement the plan are being sought.

The Upstate meeting will be held on Thursday Nov 3rd Greenville at Roper Mountain Science Center from 6-8 p.m.

The initiative’s goal is ensuring that future generations of South Carolinians have secure, well-managed supplies of our most critical natural resource—water.

Historic Conservation Opportunity for Greenville County

Photo by Mac Stone, Naturaland Trust

The Greenville County Council has the opportunity to forever conserve habitat in the center of one of the fastest growing urban areas in South Carolina encompassing most of the western face of Paris Mountain.

The advancement of the 146-acre Shiloh Ridge parcel will come down to a Nov 1st vote by Greenville County to approve a $400,000 grant proposed by the newly formed Historic and Natural Resources Trust to match a larger private sector offering totaling a 270 addition of preserved and protected habitat and as many as 17 miles of new hiking trials.

This is rare and historic opportunity for the Upstate that is supported by the Upstate Chapter of the South Carolina Native Plant Society.  We encourage our members and readers to reach out to urge your Council member to vote YES on this rare and historic Shiloh Ridge grant to be added to Paris Mountain.

Click here for contact information on the Council member for your district and ask them to vote YES prior to November 1st.

Jocassee Field Trip

Dan Whitten will be leading a field trip on Wednesday, November 9th at Devil’s Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee.  Click here for details on how to register and cost.

October Plant Rescue Field Trip

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.

Rescued Plants Oct 8 22 Plant Rescue near Nine Times Preserve

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.

Kudzu Killing Party

Dan Whitten, FOJ and SCNPS

 

Kudzu Killer Miller

Four of us met at high noon on October 10th to Kill some Kudzu at Devils Fork State Park remote boat ramp overflow parking.  This is the first of 3 remote boat accesses.  We only worked an hour and a quarter, but got a wonderful satisfaction of cleaning the fast-growing patch completely out.  You can imagine how hard it is to eradicate well established colonies of Kudzu, so getting this one early prevented a hopeless situation after another year of ignoring it.

Thanks to Nathan Pinner, president of Friends of Jocassee, Jon Heiliger, board member of SCNPS Upstate and David Miller, SCNPS member.  Rowdy Harris, DFSP superintendent came by and helped some as well.  Rest assured; I will be checking back on this place next year to do any mop-up necessary.

 

OctoberForest at BirdsFlySouth

Join Upstate NPS members and other conservation minded groups at this one-time event.  Join us Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2 –5 p.m. to celebrate OktoberForest at Birds Fly South Ale Project in Greenville! We’ll be there with The Nature Conservancy, Greenville Water and other local conservation partners talking about the connections between healthy forests, clean water and great beer.  This is a free, family-friendly event featuring fun STEM activity stations,prizes and live bluegrass music.

Birds Fly South is at 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., Greenville.

Hope to see you there.  Stop by the Upstate NPS table!

Upstate outreach event with Nature Conservancy

Autumn Seed Collection Field Trip

Join Dr. Bill Stringer and friends for this years fall seed collection trip.  This trip will increase your knowledge about native plants and wild seed collection, while re-stocking our Upstate Native Nursery with native genotype seeds for the future.  To join, just meet at the Holly Springs store on SC Hwy 11 in Pickens county at 9:am.  From there the group will car pool to various sites until 2:pm.  Bring small paper bags, a sharpie marker, good shoes, drinking water and snacks or a portable lunch.

When:  Saturday Oct 15th from 9am – 2pm

Where:  Meet at Holly Springs Store, 6491 SC-11, Pickens, SC 29671 at 9am   Park in gravel lot above the store, not in store parking spaces.

Contact:  Bill Stringer- [email protected] or 864-979-3169 or Dan Whitten at [email protected]

Upstate Fall Plant Sale Continues

Upstate Fall Native Plant Sale

Photo courtesy of The Greenhouse Gang October 1-22. 2022 at the Upstate Native Nursery

October 1 – 22, 2022

The annual Upstate Native Plant Society Fall sale is underway.

How to Order

The plant list is posted on scnps.org and a link is below.  Orders can be sent  directly to Kathy Harrington at [email protected].   Payments can be made by credit card and the orders will be placed into a holding area at the UNN for contact-less pickup.

Reservations for an onsite/buying visit to the Upstate Native Nursery during the sale will be accepted and scheduled depending on volunteer availability.  We welcome both members and non-members of the SC Native Plant Society.  Please contact Kathy Harrington directly at [email protected]or at 864-310-1144 to set up a date and time.

Special Shopping Days for SCNPS Members

As we have done before, SCNPS members have first dibs on these great plants on the first three days of the sale (10-1, 10-3, and 10-4), but there are plenty left for non-members to order to still order.  You must be a paid up member by 9-30-22 to qualify for the member shopping days.

Lists of plants available to purchase can be downloaded here:

Excel version

Adobe Acrobat version 

Remember, Fall is the best time to plant!