Thursday, July 14, 2011

SoLo Task Force and SRP meet at Webb Center

A July 13th luncheon held in the name of conservation took place at the Webb Wildlife Center near Estill. The South Lowcountry (SoLo) Task Force held a meeting to discuss conservation efforts in their focus area, and then the Savannah River Preserve (SRP) hosted a fried chicken lunch with a speaker from Tall Timbers Research Station. Despite 100-degree heat the luncheon was well-attended by those who love and cherish our Lowcountry Outdoors and who desire to be proactive when it comes to conservation and preservation efforts. Groton Plantation was one of the early leaders in the formation of the SRP when they granted a conservation easement on a portion of their considerable bottomland hardwood holdings. A big announcement from luncheon speaker Jerald Sholar, with Tall TImbers, is that the S.C. Quail Project's Fall Field Day will be held this November at Groton Plantation. The Savannah River Preserve is 827,000-acres and includes the 200,000-acre Savannah River Site and runs south to the Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge. Large private landowners helped to instigate the formation of the SRP a few years ago and they continue to raise awareness about conservation for all landowners in the area. Hunting and fishing are among the chief pursuits of those who support the SoLo focus area and the SRP.

To view past blog entries from the SRP click here.

To view another blog entry with a map of the SRP and a link to my 2008 feature article on the SRP click here.

PhotosByJeffDennis: The official signage of the Savannah River Preserve does not contain a bobwhite quail, but I took the liberty to make this image that includes Gentleman Bob!

Don Dyches of Bo Peep Plantation helped to organize and run the July 13 SoLo/SRP meeting and is shown here with intern Raymond Dadds and Jim Westerhold, who represents the Horry/G'town Technical College that produces natural resource manager interns

Jim Boone with Red Bluff Lodge stands with Jerald Sholar of the S.C. Quail Project and John Rice, consulting forester in Allendale

Karen, Billy and Daniel Exley of Recess Planation make the outdoors a family affair and are pictured here with Rob Winthrop of Groton Plantation

Land managers like Billy Mixon, Burt Chandler, Wesley Smith and Lamar Comalander made it a priority to support the SRP

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