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Our Energy Future

Summer 2012

Vol. 23

No. 2

A Civil Discussion on Energy Policy

STAFF ____________________ Director Assistant Director

Dana Beach Megan Desrosiers

REGIONAL OFFICES _____ ________________ SOUTH COAST Office Director Steve Eames Project Manager Reed Armstrong

NORTH COAST Office Director Nancy Cave

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Office Director Patrick Moore Govt. Relations Coordinator Merrill McGregor Project Manager Ryan Black

_______PROGRAMS _____________ Program Directors Hamilton Davis

Project Manager GrowFood Carolina

Kate Parks Lisa Turansky Sandy Hillyer Katie Zimmerman Sara Clow Jessica Diaz

DEVELOPMENT ____________________ Director of Development Courtenay Speir Senior Development Officer Catherine McCullough Events Manager Amanda Cole

ADMINISTRATION ______________ ______ HR and Administration Director of Finance Data Manager Administrative Assistant Executive Assistant

Tonnia Switzer-Smalls Ashley Waters Nora Kravec Louann Yorke Bea Girndt

Board of Directors Roy Richards, Chair William Cogswell Alex Marsh Andrea Ziff Cooper James R. McNab, Jr. Berry Edwards Richard R. Schmaltz Richard T. Hale Jeffrey Schutz Katharine Hastie Harriet Smartt Hank Holliday Stan Stevens Holly Hook John Thompson W. Jefferson Leath Bill Turner Patricia W. Lessane Victoria C. Verity

Advisors and Committee Members Paul Kimball Hugh Lane Jay Mills

Newsletter Editor Virginia Beach Designer Julie Frye

P.O. Box 1765 Q Charleston, SC 29402 Phone: (843) 723-8035 Q FAX: (843) 723-8308 Email: info@scccl.org website: www.CoastalConservationLeague.org P.O. Box 1861 QBeaufort, SC 29901 Phone: (843) 522-1800 1001 Washington Street, Suite 300 Q Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: (803) 771-7102 P.O. Box 603 Q Georgetown, SC 29442 Phone: (843) 545-0403 All contents herein are copyright of the Coastal Conservation League. Reprinting is strictly prohibited without written consent.

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funny thing happened on the way to the energy forum this spring. Politicians forgot to spout partisan ideologies; utilities forgot to threaten job-killing price increases; government officials forgot to equivocate, and environmentalists forgot to be unreasonable. (Actually, I don’t think environmentalists have been unreasonable, but for the sake of consistency, let’s stipulate that they may have, on occasion, over-reached.) A coalition called Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy hosted a day-long conference at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston this spring, entitled Managing Risk and Realizing Opportunity for South Carolina’s Energy Economy. The goal was to explore how to prepare for a future of rising energy costs, rapid technological innovation, political uncertainty and climate change. It is tiresome to hear how poorly South Carolina ranks on various measures of performance, so I’ll get this one over with right away: We spend more money on energy than all but five other states in the country for every dollar of GSP (gross state product). This tracks the statistic we’ve cited often, that South Carolina is the fourth least energy efficient state in the nation. Bottom line, we are wasteful, and that’s bad for the economy and the environment. It is important to note that high energy prices are not the reason energy represents such a large proportion of our operating costs. Gas and electric rates in South Carolina are actually below average. But nationwide, many states with low prices, like us, have high bills; while states with high prices have low bills. California, for example, has the 11th highest energy costs in the country, but its bills are the tenth lowest.

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Higher prices are clearly an incentive to conserve, but national data take us one step further. In some circumstances, higher prices stimulate enough conservation to actually reduce total energy expenditures. (To jog your memory of Econ 101, this means that the demand for energy is relatively elastic with respect to price.) So, while higher energy costs are painful in the short term, they may result in savings over time. Now, back to the conference. The primary purpose was not to criticize where we are today, but to help decide where we would like to be in the future, and how we can get there. Not surprisingly, improving energy efficiency is the first and most effective step we can take to protect us from price shocks and pollution. As Jim Rogers, head of Duke Energy, has said, “the most environmentally benign plant we can build is the one we don’t have to build.” South Carolina also has substantial opportunities in the field of renewable energy production. Boeing has installed the sixth largest solar array in the country on the roof of its new plant in North Charleston, and the Clemson drive train testing facility is one of the nation’s most important wind power research initiatives. If you followed the national climate debate in Congress a few years ago, you might guess what happened at the South Carolina conference. The participants threw ideological jabs at one another, deployed fear tactics about the economic impact of energy legislation and completely ignored the pressing need for policy reforms. But they didn’t. Senator Paul Campbell, who has been a leader in the S.C. Senate on energy matters, set the tone for a thoughtful, analytical and respectful discussion. Panelists from Duke Energy, the S.C. Electric

Not surprisingly, improving energy efficiency is the first and most effective step we can take to protect us from price shocks and pollution. As Jim Rogers, head of Duke Energy, has said, “The most environmentally benign plant we can build is the one we don’t have to build.” Cooperatives and the S.C. Energy Office presented practical perspectives on the best paths toward a clean energy future. Former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis gave the luncheon address in which he persuasively argued that solving our energy problems is a cause that should be central to the conservative political agenda. And the answer, for a dozen reasons, is not “Drill, Baby, Drill.” Not one political stunt was pulled. No names were called, and the sky did not fall. It was just a factual, thoughtful, constructive discussion. In this instance, Congress could learn a lot from South Carolina.

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Energy News

Solar Tax Credit & Building Codes for SC

This spring, the Coastal Conservation

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and Ryan Black – and the League’s legislative liaisons – Patrick Moore and Merrill McGregor – teamed up to work with the PURC Energy Advisory Council, the Homebuilders Association, members of the solar industry, and legislators to update

ince 2010, Conservation League Energy Director Hamilton Davis has served on the Energy Advisory Council of the Public Utility Review Committee (PURC), which was tasked with making recommendations for a comprehensive energy policy for South Carolina. One focus of the PURC Energy Advisory Council was to update the state’s building codes to reflect International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) standards. Up until now, South Carolina has been using 2006 IECC standards for the state’s building codes. As a result, South Carolinians are missing out on the latest technologies and building practices that could improve their energy efficiency and save them money on their electric bills. So the PURC Energy Advisory Council worked with the Home Builders Association to conduct an analysis of the impacts of updating the state’s building codes to the 2009 IECC standards.

South Carolina’s building codes and increase the state’s solar tax credit. Such measures will encourage and incentivize efficiency and renewables, and reduce our dependence on imported, finite commodities like

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Energy News Increased Solar Tax Credit Passes House, Stalls in Senate

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The analysis definitively argued in favor of adopting 2009 IECC standards. A recommendation for adoption was sent to the full Public Utility Review Committee and was unanimously accepted. Introduced by Rep. Bill Sandifer (R-Oconee), H.4639 – International Energy Conservation Code Adoption – passed through the Judiciary Committee and received third reading in the Senate by a vote of 30 to 12. On April 2nd, Governor Haley signed the bill into law, which will go into effect on January 1st, 2013. Adoption of the 2009 IECC standards will result in an estimated five-year savings of more than $800 for the average new home in South Carolina. Cumulatively, the new standards will help avoid 47 trillion BTUs of annual energy use by 2030, which equates to roughly 14,000 megawatt hours each year. Special thanks go to Rep. Sandifer, as well as to Sen. Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee) and other members of the Public Utilities Review Commission for their vision and support.

eague Project Manager Ryan Black and Government Relations Coordinator Merrill McGregor have worked with legislators and members of the state’s solar industry for the last two years to increase South Carolina’s existing solar tax credit from 25% to 35%. The proposed increase would make this source of renewable energy more attractive to homeowners and private developers and would encourage investment in solar installations. It would also elevate South Carolina’s tax credit to be on par with that of North Carolina and Georgia, ensuring that the state remains regionally competitive in the solar market.

Last year, Rep. Dwight Loftis (R-Greenville) introduced H.3346, the Solar Energy Investment Tax Credit, which would allow a 35% state tax credit for the installation of solar energy equipment for both residential and commercial purposes placed in service in 2012 and later. After passing through the House of Representatives in 2011 by a vote of 100 to 10, H.3346 had been slowly, but steadily, progressing through the Senate in 2012. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to convince Senate leadership of the urgent need to increase solar investment, the bill ultimately stalled there twice, once as a standalone bill in the full Senate Finance Committee, and again as an amendment to S.1409, which was not taken up on the Senate floor prior to the end of the session.

SCE&G to Close Six CoalFired Power Plants by 2018

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ast month, S.C. Electric & Gas Company announced that it will shut down six of its coal-fired generating units by the end of 2018. All of the units range in age from 45 to 57 years and are SCE&G’s oldest and smallest coal-fired operations. “The elimination of these plants will improve the health of our rivers and lakes, and the atmosphere, dramatically over the coming decades,” comments Conservation League Director Dana Beach. “Virtually every coastal river is contaminated with mercury levels that limit fish consumption for health reasons. “Coal burning power plants are also a primary source of greenhouse gases. We expect additional plant closures from other S.C. utilities in the near future. The speed of plant closure will depend on the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs and the aggressiveness with which we pursue renewable energy technologies.”

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Energy News

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New Report Cautions Against Business As Usual

ncreasing spending on energy efficiency, distributed generation and renewable energy lowers the risk and cost of utility resource investments.”

Utilities Must Begin the Shift Away from Traditional Power Generation

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ver the next 20 years, electric utilities will likely spend $100 billion per year, adding up to roughly $2 trillion, on capital investments to replace aging power plants, implement new technologies, and meet new regulatory requirements. But this spending, whether on energy efficiency, renewable energy or new fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, must reflect new global realities if utilities are to avoid adverse impacts on their own bottom lines, as well as on ratepayers and investors. That’s the conclusion of a new Ceres Foundation report, Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know. The report, authored by industry and finance veterans, examines the options and finds almost without exception, the riskiest investments – the ones that could cause the most financial harm for utilities, ratepayers and investors – are large baseload power facilities (e.g. coal and nuclear plants). Increasing spending on energy efficiency, distributed generation and renewable energy lowers the risk and cost of utility resource investments. “This is no time for backward-looking decision-making,” said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, which commissioned the report. “Diversifying utility portfolios by expanding investment in energy efficiency and clean energy reduces risk to utility customers and shareholders alike.” “There is a lot on the line and it’s critical that utilities and regulators get it right,” said Ron Binz, the report’s lead author and a 30-year veteran of utility and energy policy, most recently as chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. “A regulator’s analysis should not stop with the levelized cost of a resource: The risk of the resource to ratepayers and investors must be considered as well. Of all the options we reviewed, nuclear power is the riskiest option and energy efficiency is the least risky and lowest cost option.”

[The Ceres Foundation was founded in 1989 in response to the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. Its mission is to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy. Ceres challenges the business community to envision a world in which business and the capital markets promote the well-being of human society and the protection of the Earth’s environment.]

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Energy News Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference Promoting Our Most Abundant Renewable Resource

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orking with organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia, Conservation League Energy Director Hamilton Davis helped spearhead the Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference held in Charlotte this spring. The conference highlighted the supply chain advantages found in the Southeast as they relate to the manufacturing of wind turbines. The conference generated significant media attention and was well attended by representatives from the private sector and government.

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Hamilton Davis, Energy Champion

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he Washington, DC-based Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) named Hamilton Davis, Energy & Climate Director of the Costal Conservation League, as this quarter’s BCAP Energy Code Champion. Hamilton’s tireless leadership in South Carolina drove the passage and adoption of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in the S.C. General Assembly this year. As a member of the Public Utility Review Commission’s (PURC) Energy Advisory Council, Hamilton was able to identify and make energy codes a priority of the advisory group. He worked closely with the S.C. Energy Office, the S.C. Home Builders Association and numerous other organizations to bring everyone to the table to ensure a fair and balanced discussion on the adoption of energy codes. “Updating our building energy codes is helping to pave the way for a more energy efficient future in South Carolina. This success is a testament to the value of collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders ranging from BCAP to our state’s electric cooperatives,” states Hamilton, who, in addition to sitting on the PURC Energy Advisory Council, also serves on the S.C. Offshore Wind Regulatory Task Force, the S.C. Energy Office Advisory Council, and the S.C. Solar Business Alliance.

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82% of the East Coast resource in shallow water and greater than 12 miles offshore; Highest estimated offshore wind capacity factors; Five deepwater ports; The lowest offshore wind construction costs on the East Coast; Four of the five largest electricity markets on the East Coast, and Four of the five fastest growing populations on the East Coast.

New Website & E-Newsletter The Coastal Conservation League’s energy team has developed a straightforward, user-friendly website – www.thinkenergysc.com - to serve as a clearinghouse for all relevant, energy-related news. ThinkEnergySC was created to inform South Carolinians about the array of complex issues surrounding energy in our state. We hope to provide the general public with the most up-to-date news, academic and industry research, in-depth analysis of energy technologies, project development, and public policy. We will also explore the benefits and challenges of transitioning to clean, sustainable forms of energy generation so as to elevate the level of discussion regarding our many possible energy futures. The League has also established an e-newsletter, which currently goes out to more than 1,000 recipients throughout the state. To sign up to receive the e-newsletter, send an email to energy@scccl.org with "subscribe" in the subject.

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State House 2012

Banner Year in the General Assembly

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s this second year of the two-year, 119th S.C. General Assembly comes to a close, there is much to celebrate. In the rural lands arena, the Coastal Conservation League and its partners, working with a host of conservation legislators, rescued the Conservation Bank – extending its sunset date and ensuring full funding for the first time in three years. They also passed a prescribed fire law, affording greater protections to landowners who use fire as a wildlife and forest management tool. To promote South Carolina’s growing local agricultural sector, a new agricultural signage bill passed the Senate and House, as well as a local food sourcing resolution. And on the urban front, the Conservation League advanced two bills that facilitate the retrofit of failing commercial centers and provide tax credits for the redevelopment of abandoned buildings. Regarding water and public health, the Conservation League worked diligently to ensure that the state’s new water withdrawal legislation had sufficient funding to implement the necessary permitting program. And just a few weeks into the 2012 legislative session, a chronic sewage polluter bill and phosphate ban became law, protecting human health and the environment. Success is also about beating back the bad stuff, such as the Light Bulb Freedom Act, various Agenda 21 bills, and legislation that would undo the automatic stay in the case of permit appeals. The Conservation League legislative team remains ever vigilant, promoting legislation that protects South Carolina’s environment, economy and quality of life, while steadfastly opposing bills that would do otherwise.

Rural Lands Conservation Bank Reauthorization The S.C. Conservation Bank has been rescued, thanks to the many conservation minded lawmakers in both the House and the Senate. H.3083, introduced by Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens), extends the life of the Conservation Bank an additional five years (until 2018) and fully funds the bank at about $7.5 million for the first time in three years. This will allow the bank to pay off outstanding grants and continue the protection of the natural and historic sites that are vital to South Carolina’s economy and quality of life.

Prescribed Fire Bill After four years of tireless work on the part of the Conservation League and more than 25 organizations, a bill providing criteria and protections for S.C. landowners who use prescribed fire for managing wildlife and forestlands has passed the General Assembly. Introduced by Rep. James Harrison (R-Richland), H.3631 overwhelmingly passed the House during the 2011 legislative session, subsequently passed out of the Senate this March, and was signed into law by Governor Haley on April 2nd.

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State House 2012 Urban Revival Commercial Center Revitalization Act The goal of the Commercial Center Revitalization Act (H. 3064) is to provide for the retrofit of the state’s failing commercial centers. The concurrent resolution encourages Councils of Government across the state to draft model ordinances and development standards that enable the retrofit process, and are incorporated into municipal zoning, subdivision regulations, and local comprehensive plans. H.3604, introduced by Rep. James Smith (D-Richland), was overwhelmingly adopted by the House in May and has passed favorably out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Redevelopment Tax Credit The Conservation League is also working with legislators to pass a redevelopment tax credit that incentivizes the redevelopment of abandoned buildings, such as empty big box stores and deserted strip malls. A property owner who has a building that has been two-thirds abandoned for five years or more, and who plans to spend at least $500,000 to fix it up, would receive a state income tax credit.

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Local Agriculture Agricultural Signage Act

Water and Public Health Water Withdrawal Permitting Sunset Bill S. 1220, introduced by Sen. Paul Campbell (R-Berkeley), has passed the Senate and is working its way through the House. S.1220 removes a provision of the Surface Water Permitting Bill that sunsets fees for the permitting program in 2013. The sunset provision was inserted to insure that the fees were reviewed by the General Assembly after a couple of years of running the program. However, the process of drafting and approving the new water regulations took longer than expected and will not be final until this summer. Without the passage of this bill, SCDHEC would have no funds to implement the Surface Water Withdrawal Bill that passed in 2010.

Chronic Polluter Bill & Phosphate Ban Just three weeks into the 2012 legislative session, a Chronic Sewage Polluter Bill and Phosphate Ban passed both houses of the General Assembly and were signed into law by Governor Haley. The Chronic Polluter Bill guarantees that chronic sewage overflow violators make the necessary upgrades to protect human health and the health of our surface and ground water. The Phosphate Ban prohibits the sale, use and manufacture of high phosphate detergents in South Carolina, in order to reduce algae blooms and fish kills caused by harmful levels of phosphorous in our waterways.

S.105, introduced by Senators Danny Verdin (R-Laurens) and Phil Leventis (D-Sumter), directs the Department of Transportation to create and supervise a statewide program that would provide directional signs to farms that promote agritourism. The bill passed the Senate on March 8th with a vote of 39 to 2, and a companion bill was introduced by Rep. Dwight Loftis (R-Greenville) and passed in the House. South Carolina's signage program will be fully funded by farmer fees, and is modeled on successful signage programs in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Delaware and Massachusetts. The bill has been signed into law by Governor Haley.

Local Food Sourcing Resolution This session, our legislature committed to creating, strengthening, and expanding the local food economy by supporting state polices that encourage state agencies, state-owned facilities, and state partners to purchase local South Carolina farm or food products. Rep. Laurie Funderbunk (D-Kershaw) and Senators Danny Verdin (R-Laurens) and Dick Elliott (D-Horry) introduced and successfully passed H.4881 and S.1048, concurrently agreeing to have 15% of all food and food products purchased by state agencies and state-owned facilities be local farm or food products by 2015.

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State House 2012

Bikes Back on the Connector

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en. Chip Campsen (R-Charleston) has introduced Senate Bill 1375, which would allow local municipal authorities to grant bicycle and pedestrian access through the SCDOT on controlled access highways if there is no other safe route available. The bill is aimed at allowing bicycles back on the James Island Connector in Charleston after it was closed following a fatal accident. The problem with the closing of the Connector is that the only other way on or off James Island is a more dangerous bridge. S.1375 allows local governments to open the Connector to bike traffic – a plan that SCDOT, Mayor Riley and many others in the community have endorsed. States across the United States have enacted similar laws. S.1375 has passed the Senate and the House, and as we go to press, awaits the Governor's signature.

9th Annual Lobby Day Thanks to all who came to the State House in Columbia for Lobby Day on May 1st. We had a great crowd, great speakers, and more local and organic food than we could eat. We were successful in rescuing the Conservation Bank, helping our cities and farms, safeguarding South Carolina's water resources, and talking to legislators about all of our important issues. We celebrated this very productive and inspiring day at the S.C. General Assembly with an evening Oyster Roast and Local Food Reception at Seibels House and Gardens. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Conservation Lobby Day scheduled for May 7th, 2013.

(l-r) Ann Timberlake - Director of Conservation Voters of SC, Senator Hugh Leatherman, and Christie McGregor Director of Government Relations for TNC-SC.

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(l-r) Blan Holman, attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, discusses legislation with Senator Chip Campsen .

Oyster Roast and Local Foods Showcase at Seibels House and Gardens.

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Transportation Solution

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The Maybank Pitchfork

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his spring, Charleston County’s transportation program RoadWise, restarted the public meetings on the Maybank Highway proposed improvements. This road project was bonded through the halfcent sales tax program in 2006 and the Coastal Conservation League has been involved ever since. Maybank Highway is an important corridor, spanning James, John’s and Wadmalaw Islands. The entrance to John’s Island along Maybank Highway is especially important, and if done right, has the opportunity to maintain the sense of place that exists when you drive from the City of Charleston to the rural sea islands. In 2008, the Conservation League opposed a five-lane widening proposal for Maybank Highway. Widening Maybank Highway on John’s Island would dramatically alter the land uses along the corridor and across the center of the island. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, the widening would

The Pitchfork is a network of streets leading up to the Maybank Highway and River Road intersection as you come down off the Stono River Bridge. Whereas conventional widening would create a five-lane highway across John's Island, the pitchfork adds four lanes, beginning at the foot of the bridge, that fan out to different points on River Road and end there – two lanes to the north and two lanes to the south, in addition to the existing two lanes in the center. These additional lanes give drivers choices before they reach a choke point – a choice to turn to the left, a choice to turn to the right, or a choice to travel through the intersection and farther down Maybank. Giving drivers choices relieves congestion and reduces the number of cars that wait at the stoplight at Maybank and River Roads. This plan is also designed for cyclists and pedestrians with appropriate bike lanes and sidewalks throughout.

not improve the flow of cars and people through the Maybank and River Road intersection. This intersection is often cited as a bottleneck and point of traffic buildup for island drivers. It is unfriendly to cars, bikes and pedestrians, and can be improved. Rather than just say “No” to the widening, the League proposed a solution. Thanks to help from our supporters, we worked with Charleston County and the City of Charleston to hire Hall Planning and Engineering, a renowned transportation and design firm, to design a solution that would respect John’s Island’s traditional land uses, and improve travel at and through the Maybank corridor. Our alternative is innovative and effective. The design solution is known as the “Pitchfork” because of its resemblance to a pitchfork shape when viewed from above; but in reality, it is a network of streets that can distribute traffic through the Maybank corridor,

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preserve the oaks and entrance to John’s Island, and coordinate with existing land use plans. Charleston County, the City of Charleston and the S.C. chapter of the Urban Land Institute endorsed this plan in 2009. Although the plan did not receive much public attention between 2009 and 2012, the public meetings are an opportunity to support the Pitchfork plan and talk about transportation changes that would positively impact John’s Island. Unlike I-526 and the Cross Island Expressway, the Pitchfork alternative supports the existing land uses on John’s Island and can offer traffic improvement for island residents. The next round of public meetings will take place this summer and after the EIS is completed. The successful defeat of the five-lane widening proposal, and the implementation of the Pitchfork plan, are critical for the future of John’s Island as a healthy and productive rural island.


Cruise News

Reality Check

Independent Economic Analysis Disputes SPA Claims

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he economic assumptions being touted by the S.C. State Ports Authority (SPA) in favor of an unregulated cruise industry in Charleston have been determined faulty and incomplete by an independent study recently commissioned by the Historic Charleston Foundation. In short, the well-known economic consulting firm of Miley & Associates, based in Columbia, S.C., has addressed three critical questions regarding the impact of passenger cruises using the Port of Charleston:

Q Passenger cruises do not inject as much money into the economy as the SPA claims.

The Miley study reveals that the SPA’s taxpayerfunded, public relations campaign, “Jobs Not Snobs,” has misled the very community that the state agency is chartered to serve. The time has come for the City of Charleston to reevaluate its support for an unregulated cruise presence in Charleston and end its alignment with the Carnival Corporation in opposing enforceable limits. Instead, the city should work with its neighborhood associations and preservation and environmental groups on the following measures:

Q Determine how much money the cruise industry costs the City of Charleston in services and infrastructure, and impose a reasonable passenger fee to offset such costs, now and in the future.

Q Establish enforceable limits on the size, number and

Q Passenger cruises may actually compete with local businesses instead of enhancing them.

frequency of cruise ships visiting Charleston.

Q Conduct an open and thorough examination of the

Q The net effect of passenger cruises calling on or embarking from Charleston might actually be a financial loss to the city.

impact of a new and/or enhanced cruise terminal on Charleston’s neighborhoods and historic areas.

Q Set reasonable environmental measures on cruise industry operations, including requiring public access to discharge logs within 12 miles and installation of shoreside power. Historic port cities across the United States have enacted similar measures; Charleston deserves no less.

Cruise Control Advocates– (l-r) Dana Beach, George McDaniel, Charles Duell and Evan Thompson.

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Cruise News

... “Carnival has refused to place reasonable limits on the size and frequency of its ships. In fact, Carnival has refused to be regulated at all or shoulder any part of the burden it creates. And it has done so with the approval of the State and City. ”

National Trust Defends Residents’ Right to Sue Excerpts from an Amicus Brief filed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in support of the Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association, the Charlestowne Neighborhood Association, the Preservation Society of Charleston and the S.C. Coastal Conservation League in their lawsuit against Carnival Corporation:

Q The Respondents/Plaintiffs have standing to sue because Carnival’s activities adversely affect their property interests in historic overlay zones.

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Q The nature and extent of Carnival’s activities, as alleged in the complaint, support the elements needed to establish a nuisance claim because forcing historic property owners to bear the cost of these activities is unreasonable.

S.C. Medical Association Calls for Shoreside Power SCMA Signs on to Charleston County Medical Society Resolution, as excerpted below:

Q Notwithstanding the repeated requests by nearby property

Q Whereas the average cruise ship discharges four times the amount of airborne pollutants, especially sooty particulates, compared to the average cargo ship, thus affecting Charleston citizens and visitors alike when the ships continuously run their engines dockside for hours while disembarking and embarking passengers;

Q Whereas the effects of said airborne pollutants have been shown to cause increased chronic respiratory and heart diseases and increased cancer risk, especially among those dockworkers, local merchants and residents closest to the docks, thereby increasing their healthcare costs;

Q Whereas the use of onshore power now shows a significant reduction in the amount of airborne cruise ship pollutants up to 90% and is now used frequently by major cruise ports in U.S. neighboring communities without appreciable economic loss to the cruise ship industry;

Q Whereas reduction in portside air pollutants and the use of onshore power is now supported by the AMA, the EPA, the American Lung Association, other organizations, and even the Cruise Lines Industry Association itself,

Q THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Charleston County Medical Society ask the South Carolina Medical Association, the City of Charleston, the State Ports Authority, Carnival Cruise Lines, and the South Carolina General Assembly to work together to enact enforceable requirements for cruise ship use of onshore power rather than engine power while dockside.

owners, Carnival has refused to place reasonable limits on the size and frequency of its ships. In fact, Carnival has refused to be regulated at all or shoulder any part of the burden it creates. And it has done so with the approval of the State and City. In economic terms, this is a classic free rider, or freeloader, problem. This lawsuit seeks to reallocate some of these costs in a more equitable manner. Cruise Terminal Pilings Under Scrutiny

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he State Ports Authority is requesting permission to install pilings in the “critical area” salt marsh to allow for relocation and expansion of cruise ship operations at Union Pier. In order to get a “critical area” permit, DHEC/OCRM is required by law to evaluate and consider the long-range, cumulative effects of the project that may result if a project is permitted. The S.C. Supreme Court recently interpreted this regulation, Regulation 30-11(C)(1), and said that DHEC/ OCRM must take into account impacts like upland sprawl and general overdevelopment, and cannot make its decision on a “critical area” permit in a vacuum. In this case, the project – placement of pilings in the salt marsh – will facilitate an expansion of cruise ship operations. In evaluating the project, the long-range, cumulative effects necessarily encompass any impacts associated with expanded cruise operations. DHEC/OCRM must then consider these impacts – including air pollution, water pollution, disruption to the historic and aesthetic qualities of Charleston, harm to wildlife – and any other impacts that are associated with expanded cruise ship operations.

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Get Out!

Favorite Summer Field Trips  Sandy Island Sandy Island is located between the Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers. It has been preserved as a wildlife refuge and nature center and has been home to the Sandy Island community for generations. The island borders a region undergoing some of the country’s most frenetic development, where the pressure to build resorts and golf courses has threatened coastal communities for decades. The northern portion of the island is mostly a longleaf pine forest. Approximately 9,000 acres of the island were purchased by The Nature Conservancy for permanent protection from development. On the southern, lower end of the island are the remnants of old rice plantations. Sandy Island’s fragile ecosystem features longleaf pines, cypress trees and maritime forests, draped in Spanish moss and inhabited by a variety of wildlife.

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The Story:

In the early 1990s, two of South Carolina’s biggest developers owned most of Sandy Island and wanted to build a bridge to the mainland. The developers insisted the bridge would be used only to carry timber off of the island and that there would be no further development. The Coastal Conservation League appealed the bridge permit and the case dragged on for nearly three years until South Carolina approved a new highway farther north that would run through acres of pristine coastal wetlands. Federal law requires states to compensate for wetlands destroyed by new highway construction by creating or acquiring new wetlands, such as those found in abundance on Sandy Island. So, the Conservation League worked with the SCDOT on a plan to use $10 million in mitigation funds to buy most of Sandy Island’s uninhabited lands. The Nature Conservancy donated an additional $1 million towards the purchase. Now a way of life and an entire ecosystem are protected from commercial development.

 Bull's Island & Boneyard Beach Bull’s Island, at 5,496 acres, is the largest of four barrier islands found within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The island consists of maritime forest, fresh and brackish water impoundments, salt marsh and sandy beaches. Live oaks, sabal palmettos, cedar, loblolly pines and magnolias are the dominant trees found on the island. Bull’s Island is home for deer, alligators, raccoons, and black fox squirrels; but, the bird life is what Bulls Island is known for throughout the world. More than 277 species of birds have been recorded on the refuge, with most being found on or near Bull’s. The Boneyard Beach on the island gets its name from all of the downed trees that have been toppled by the surf and bleached by the sun and salt water. Visitors can enjoy surf fishing, watching and photographing wildlife, picnicking, hiking and biking. The Coastal Expeditions ferry takes visitors to the island on regularly scheduled days, departing from Garris Landing near Awendaw.

The Story: The Coastal Conservation League has worked consistently for more than 20 years to protect the water quality and lands that surround the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, of which Bull’s Island is a part. It was back in 1990 that the Conservation League first nominated Cape Romain and its associated waters for Outstanding Resource Waters (ORW) classification. Eight years later, in 1998, the waters were officially upgraded to ORW, enjoying the highest protection possible in South Carolina. In addition, the Conservation League has successfully worked with the Charleston County Comprehensive Plan and its associated zoning ordinances to ensure that residential developments bordering the refuge remain at low densities, in order to prevent degradation of Cape Romain’s unparalleled wildlife habitat. C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E

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 Wambaw Creek The easy, five-mile float on tidally influenced Wambaw Creek Canoe Trail will take you into one of the state’s five federally designated wilderness areas – the 1,900-acre Wambaw Creek Wilderness, created in 1980. A tributary of the Santee River, the creek meanders languidly through the vast swamps of the Francis Marion National Forest. In the 1700s, settlers used enslaved labor to harvest the virgin timber and convert parts of the swamp into ricefields; and you can still see remains of long-abandoned canals and ricefield dikes along the trail. In the upland pine forests that surround the wilderness, there’s a chance you may see rare swallow-tailed kites and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Wambaw Creek is a great site to come across unique wildlife while canoeing or kayaking.

The Story:

Following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the Coastal Conservation League worked closely with the U.S. Forest Service to develop a new management plan for the Francis Marion National Forest that would promote the native longleaf pine ecosystem, which once dominated the coastal plain. Through an enhanced regime of controlled burns, longer growing cycles and selective timbering, longleaf pine habitat has increased in the national forest, along with the native species of plants and animals that thrive there.

 Pinckney Island Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, established on December 4, 1975, was once included in the plantation of Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. The 4,053-acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, Corn Island, Big and Little Harry Islands, Buzzard Island and numerous small hammocks. Nearly 67% of the refuge consists of salt marsh and tidal creeks. Pinckney Island also contains forestland, brush land, fallow field and freshwater ponds. The refuge is located in Beaufort County, and is ½ mile west of Hilton Head Island off of U.S. Highway 278. The island is bounded by Skull Creek (the Intracoastal Waterway) on the east and Mackay Creek on the west, with Calibogue Sound to the south and Port Royal Sound to the north. This wildlife refuge is a great spot for hiking, biking, and bird watching.

The Story:

For more than 200 years, the family of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, signer of the U.S. Constitution, owned the islands and developed a cotton plantation there. In 1937, the family sold the cluster of islands to Ellen Keyser Bruce, who managed the property as a game preserve. Edward Starr and James Barker purchased it in 1954, managing Pinckney for game and wildlife until 1975, when they donated it to the federal government to be used exclusively as a wildlife refuge and forest preserve. Over the years, the Coastal Conservation League has worked to preserve water quality in the area, including preventing the dredging and open water disposal of contaminated sediments in Calibogue Sound; and protecting the tributaries and waterways – like the Pocotaligo and Coosahatchie Rivers – that flow into Port Royal Sound. C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E

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STAND UP! Engaged Citizens Make All by Nancy Cave, North Coast Director

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever does.” I am sure many of you have heard or read this Margaret Mead quote; if I had come across Mead’s quote when I started with the Coastal Conservation League I would not have believed it. Ten years later, I not only believe that committed citizens can initiate change, I know they can. Year in and year out, I have worked with people who are willing to stand up for what they believe to be best for their families and their communities. Whether it is stopping a coal plant or a landfill, or changing the structure of their local government, ordinary citizens can and do change their communities for the better.

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n 2006, I received word from residents that Santee Cooper wanted to build a coal fired electric generation plant on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River in southern Florence County. I went to a hearing, and there a small group of citizens whose backyards were adjacent to the proposed coal plant spoke. One woman, Terry Cook, spoke with passion and concern about the effects the plant would have on her home, her community and the river. Terry, her family, and her neighbors were the beginning of the grass

roots fight to stop the coal plant. Three years later, we celebrated victory. But it took Terry and the hundreds of other citizens to stand up and say “No” to Santee Cooper. Without them we would never have had anything to celebrate. My role in these grass root efforts is one of support, guidance, and permission to organize and to speak up against the wrongs being perpetrated in our communities. The wrongs can be governmental, corporate, or political; it doesn’t matter. When citizens are

Champions of the Pee Dee – Front row (l-r):

threatened, being taken advantage of or ignored, they will tolerate it only for so long; until one person says, “Enough! This is not right. This hurts my family, my community” . . . and change begins. In Williamsburg County, residents in Nesmith heard by chance that a company was planning on building a mega dump in their midst. A meeting at a local church attracted more than 300 citizens challenging MRR Southern and their plans to build a landfill that would receive 1.2 million tons of trash annually.

Peggy Brown, Susan Corbett, Mary Edna Fraser, Barbara Zia, Pam Creech, Bo Ives, Mike King (kneeling), Sally King, Terry Cook, Nancy Cave; Back row (l-r): Joey Cook, Frank Brown, Randy Stone, John Sperry, Hamilton Davis, Blan Holman and Gretta Kruesi. C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E

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the Difference I started working with a handful of citizens to organize the community. Overnight, hundreds of signs saying “No Megadump in Williamsburg County” went up; people called their county council members, wrote letters, signed petitions and set up a not-for-profit corporation to raise money to litigate the landfill, if necessary. The citizens won, the county leadership was forced to negotiate a settlement with MRR, and the Nesmith landfill was dead. Today, Citizens for Williamsburg County, which grew out of the landfill fight, is engaged in a petition drive to change Williamsburg County’s form of government, so deals with companies like MRR cannot happen without citizen knowledge and involvement. The citizens of Williamsburg forced their county council to be responsive to them, to remember their constituents – the people that put them in office. Williamsburg citizens are changing their world.

I-73 UPDATE Economic Analysis The Coastal Conservation League commissioned economic consultants Miley & Associates to conduct an independent analysis of the proposed $1.3 billion Interstate-73 versus the upgrading of already existing Highway 38/501, known as the Grand Strand Expressway (GSX). Here are the Miley Study’s findings: s

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5PGRADINGTHEEXISTING'RAND3TRAND%XPRESSWAY'38 offers substantial benefits at 1/10 the cost of I-73, and would result in improved access to the Myrtle Beach tourism market. 5PGRADINGTHE'38WOULDCREATETHOUSANDSOFJOBSAND save businesses along existing routes. 5PGRADINGTHE'38COULDBEUNDERTAKENASFUNDSARE available, providing ongoing transportation utility and other economic benefits sooner than the proposed I-73.

Wetlands Study People make the difference, no matter their education, color, or financial means. It takes commitment, time, and patience; the change can take years. Involved citizens become empowered, realizing – sometimes for the first time – that they have a voice, that they can make a difference in bringing about real and lasting change. To do nothing is to give into the status quo. Civil enlightenment, involvement and empowerment are when change happens. At the Conservation League, we lay the groundwork for change, taking advantage of the moments when people and communities are receptive to making a difference. The shift can be small, but even the smallest shift can lead to a landslide of change within the world we live.

The Conservation League also partnered with the Southern Environmental Law Center to commission an environmental study by Senior Wetlands Analyst Donley Kisner of Environmental Research, Inc., comparing wetland impacts of a new I-73 versus upgrading the existing Highway 38/501 corridor. Kisner’s research concluded the following: s

!CCORDINGTOTHEPERMITAPPLICATIONSUBMITTEDBYTHE SCDOT for a permit to place fill associated with the construction of a new four-lane interstate roadway, 313 acres of wetlands would be impacted by this segment of the proposed new location of I-73. By contrast, upgrading the existing corridor would impact approximately 119 acres of wetlands.

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Food Glorious Food

The 2012 Farm Bill

An Opportunity to Empower the Local Food Movement by Lisa Turansky, Program Director

T “Farm Bill reauthorization is an opportunity to engage in a national dialogue about sustainable agriculture and to ask that policies and mandatory spending in the new bill do not negatively impact the work that we are doing to support small-scale farmers at the local level.” -Lisa Turansky, Director of the Conservation League's Sustainable Agriculture Program

he local food movement is changing the way we invest in food, farms and agriculture. Individuals across the country are prioritizing local food and oftentimes are willing to pay a premium for it. With benefits that range from job creation and improved public health to environmental and land conservation, the local food movement has prompted nonprofits and businesses to invest in projects to support it. The Coastal Conservation League alone has invested more than $1.5 million in the state’s first local food hub project, GrowFood Carolina, and plans to substantially increase and leverage that investment in the coming years. These investments in a localized food economy have created a renewed interest in farming, a new community of food and farm advocates, and a new agricultural climate in our nation. Isn’t it time we, as responsible citizens and leaders of this food model shift, ask that our federal policies and leadership protect our investments in the local food economy? In fact, it is the perfect time. This year marks the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, the multi-faceted national legislation that governs most agriculture and food policy. The Farm Bill contains 15 specific titles addressing everything from agriculture, forestry and energy, to nutrition and food stamps. While many of the programs in the 2008 Farm Bill were successful, policy related to investments in agriculture resulted in farm consolidation, inflated land values

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and a decrease in the amount of medium and small-scale farming opportunities. Antiquated programs carried over from the prior bill affecting subsidy distribution and hidden loopholes placed small and midsized farmers on an uneven playing field with large corporations. Many small-scale farmers were unable to compete and there was a decline in numbers and income as a result. National farm policy set through the Farm Bill affects agriculture in South Carolina and at GrowFood Carolina every day. In the upcoming months, we have an opportunity to ask our federal government to reexamine appropriations to better support our local efforts. Farm Bill reauthorization is an opportunity to engage in a national dialogue about sustainable agriculture and to ask that policies and mandatory spending in the new bill do not negatively impact the work that we are doing to support small-scale farmers at the local level. For more details, you can read the national sustainable agriculture Farm Bill platform, Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Farm Bill, at sustainableagriculture.net/publications/. There is no panacea that will immediately level the playing field and localize the food economy; but, building new infrastructure and creating policies to support it bring us closer to our vision. The Farm Bill is reauthorized once every five years. Let's not miss the opportunity to get it right in 2012.


Food Glorious Food

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ur partners at Whole Foods have been inspired and energized by the GrowFood presence on their shelves. In addition to the 5% day they hosted to benefit GrowFood in 2011, they are committed to helping see our success grow in 2012. In January, the Whole Foods team hosted a food truck rodeo in the store CAROLINA parking lot which challenged local food truck chefs to generate creative dishes based on locally grown organic kiwis, sourced through GrowFood. In February, Whole Foods hosted a benefit cook-out, launching the Donate Your Dime program, in which GrowFood is the selected nonprofit when shoppers choose to donate their reusable bag credit. This spring, Whole Foods even positioned a GrowFood display in front of the store, highlighting and driving traffic to new GrowFood produce arrivals. So far, Whole Foods has donated the following monies to GrowFood: s#OMMUNITY'IVING$AY$AY   s'IVING'RILL  sTotal Gifts to GrowFood: $5,918.90 ...with more to come from Donate Your Dime!

photos by Jonathan Boncek

GrowFood

Dirt Fair Kick-Off – The Get Dirty Early party at Charleston's GrowFood Warehouse drew hundreds of supporters and highlighted local farm-to-table chefs.

Bishop Gadsden Gardeners

A Community Garden Park – Smiley Putnam, Chair of the Bishop Gadsden Garden Committee, and Katie Huger, long-time Conservation League supporter (both pictured above), joined with their fellow Bishop Gadsden neighbors to establish a beautiful community garden and park. Residents tend a total of 30 plant beds, six of which are used by the Bishop Gadsden kitchen. C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E

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Members’ Corner

Live Oak Society Gathers at Mulberry Plantation

photos by Jessee Wagner

Seeing the World Through Hume & Camus (l-r) Dana Beach, Dr. Sheridan Hough and Dr. Rob Zaretsky at the College of Charleston’s Randolph Hall. Dr. Zaretsky presented a lecture on the philosophers David Hume and Albert Camus, co-sponsored by the College’s Philosophy Department and the Coastal Conservation League.

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Members’ Corner

Celebrating Charleston Gardens with W.S. Merwin

Stretch YOUR DOLLARS 4 Easy Ways to Invest in the Lowcountry by Courtenay Speir, Director of Development

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Make it Monthly

Small monthly gifts can add up and make a big difference in CCL’s work to preserve the Lowcountry’s quality of life. For only $42 per month, you’ll be entitled to membership in our major donor group, the Live Oak Society. Call Nora Kravec at (843) 725-2057 and set up a monthly donation plan.

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Plan Ahead & Participate Now

As you plan for your family’s future, include CCL and give a gift that will sustain the life of the Lowcountry years from now. Contact your estate planner and make a bequest to CCL. You will become a member of the Coastal Legacy Society and enjoy special invitations, including Live Oak Society gatherings.

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Double Your Dollar

Does your company match gifts for CCL? More than 30 corporations nationwide do! To see if you can double your gift, visit our website for a complete list of corporate partners. If you don’t see your company on our list, call Amanda Cole at (843) 725-2062 for information on helping your organization set up a matching program.

4 Former U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin (at right) spent a beautiful spring day in Charleston touring the city’s gardens as guest of the Conservation League and League members Patti McGee and Barbara Hagerty.

More Meaning – Less Stuff

At a loss for the perfect gift for a lover of the Lowcountry? Give a gift membership and we will send your recipient an attractive gift package, including a personal letter from CCL Executive Director, Dana Beach, an event calendar for 2012, a special invitation to our next members-only gathering, a copy of our award winning newsletter, and bumper stickers.

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QOL Fall Food Series Lee Brothers Launch for Local Friday, September 21st Join us for the Food Series Opening Party at South Carolina’s first local food hub, GrowFood Carolina, hosted by celebrated chefs Matt and Ted Lee. (Member Pricing: $20 for individuals, $35 for couples; Non-Members: $40 for individual; $75 for couples)

Local Made Easy: Cooking with Ricky Hacker, Chef/Owner of EVO Thursday, October 4th Learn how to turn local produce into an easy, exquisite meal for your family, in less than an hour. This cooking class, held at Duvall Events' new state-of-the-art demo kitchen, will include a primer on meal planning, shopping for local foods, and efficiently turning out delicious meals that will excite your family about eating local. (Member Pricing: FREE; Non-Members: $20)

Family-Friendly Outing to Hay’s Farm on Johns Island Saturday, October 20th Bring the kids for a visit to the Hay’s Farm on Johns Island, followed by a farm-to-table lunch, featuring local produce , at the home of Lucile and William Cogswell, on Wadmalaw. (Member Pricing: $20/family; Non-Members: $40/family)

The Future of Sweet: The Sorghum Solution, with David Shields Friday, November 9th Learn about the reemergence of sorghum as a sweetening agent, and what it will mean for the local food economy, and your household. David Shields is a food writer and historian, and now teaches at USC. (Member Pricing: FREE; Non-Members: $15) Sean Brock Hosts Dinner at GrowFood Thursday, November 15th Celebrate the close of the Food Series with a QOL members-only dinner with Sean Brock, who will offer remarks on his take on the local food movement, and the role of GrowFood in our community. (Member pricing: $30 for individuals, $55 for couples; Non-members: $50 for individuals, $90 for couples)

QOL Member Benefits Join Our Community and Celebrate the Lowcountry Invitations to all annual QOL and CCL Hosted Events, including lectures, nature outings, lobby days and social gatherings (Always Complimentary Access or Special Pricing for Members). See attached calendar for upcoming events. Support Local, Green Businesses QOL Membership Incentive Card, provides members with discount opportunities at 20+ local restaurants and retailers that operate sustainably and provide services that reflect a commitment to green living. For a list of participating businesses, visit qolonline.org. Stay Educated on Issues Facing the Lowcountry CCL Quarterly Newsletter, featuring highlights of top conservation efforts taking place at CCL and among community partners. CCL’s Program Experts offer insight into local and national issues, and special features provide updates on pressing activist issues. Connect with the Conservation Community Access to updates and special invitation-only events from CCL partner organizations

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In House

Nancy Cave Wins S.C. Wildlife Federation Award

(l-r) SCWF Executive Director Ben Gregg, Nancy Cave and SCWF Board Chair Dan Sheffing.

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his spring, the S.C. Wildlife Federation (SCWF) held its Annual Conservation Awards Banquet, honoring 11 individuals and organizations for their commitment to conservation. At the banquet, Board Chair Dan Sheffing gave the SCWF 2011 Air Award to long-time Conservation League North Coast Director Nancy Cave. Here is an excerpt from Dan’s presentation: “Nancy Cave worked successfully to help keep I-73 away from the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge and played a key role in limiting industrialized hog farming in the Pee Dee. She also led the statewide task force that stopped Santee Cooper’s proposed coal-fired electric generation plant, while helping to coordinate grassroots events to build support for climate legislation. “In addition, Nancy has chaired the Common Agenda’s statewide 'Waste Warriors' issue team, and spent many hours helping citizens in Williamsburg and Marlboro Counties fight mega-waste dump proposals. She lent her extensive grassroots organizing skills to the Chester County citizens fighting the Covanta mega-incinerator and has recently participated in meetings and hearings on the proposed Haile gold mine in Lancaster County. “As a result of her landfill battles, Nancy is now leading the charge to pass the state’s first recycling initiative, aimed at helping bars and restaurants to reduce their waste.” Congratulations, Nancy!

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ebecca “Bea” Girndt has joined the Conservation League staff as Executive Assistant to Director Dana Beach and Assistant Director Megan Desrosiers. Bea grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2011 with a BA in Historic Preservation and Community Planning. She has previous experience working with nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, including the S.C. Wildlife Federation. Bea has a passion for the Lowcountry and enjoys fishing, running, playing tennis, and spending time on the water.

Dana Beach Voted Best Activist & Best Greenie From the Charleston City Paper annual readers’ “Best of Charleston” survey: “ f Charleston still had any unicorns, you can bet that Dana Beach would be fighting to save them. Whether he’s crusading for cruise ship regulation or working to stop development around the Angel Oak, the executive director of the nonprofit Coastal Conservation League is a force to be reckoned with . . . born to save the Lowcountry’s environmental treasures!”

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n a beautiful Saturday in May, former Program Director and land use expert extraordinaire, Kate Parks, was married to her fellow Clemson tiger Paul Schaefer. Kate and Paul are moving to Dallas, where Paul has been accepted into the Physician Assistant Masters program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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Thank You! LIVE OAK SOCIETY Contributions Received from -AY  !PRIL 

The Coastal Conservation League works very hard to ensure that all donor names are listed correctly; however, occasional mistakes do occur. Please contact Database Manager Nora Kravec at (843) 725-2057 with any questions or corrections.

Anonymous (6) 1772 Foundation Penny and Bill Agnew American Rivers, Inc. Anthony and Linda Bakker Mr. Nathan Berry and Ms. Ceara Donnelley Henry M. Blackmer Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Margaret N. Blackmer Ms. Margaret P. Blackmer The Bradley Turner Foundation, Inc. Butler Conservation Fund, Inc. Charlotte Caldwell and Jeffrey Schutz The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Ceres Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Chitty Strachan Donnelley Family Charitable Lead Unitrust Mrs. Vivian Donnelley Mr. Kim Elliman Mr. and Mrs. J. Henry Fair, Jr. Dr. Paula Feldman and Mr. Peter Mugglestone The Festoon Foundation, Inc. Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Foundation for the Carolinas The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust Nancy and Larry Fuller Laura and Steve Gates Mr. Steve Gavel The Grantham Foundation William and Mary Greve Foundation John C. Griswold Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Hale JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Kellogg Linda Ketner Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kimball Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Lane Mr. Hugh C. Lane, Jr. Mills Bee Lane Foundation Mr. T. Cartter Lupton II Lyndhurst Foundation Merck Family Fund Mertz Gilmore Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Milbank III Mrs. Alexander Moore Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Ms. Justine J. Nathan National Foundation for Philanthropy The Osprey Foundation Dr. John M. Palms Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phipps, Jr. Post and Courier Foundation Steven and Barbara Rockefeller Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Schmaltz Jeffrey Schutz and Charlotte Caldwell Mrs. Anne Rivers Siddons and Mr. Heyward Siddons Catherine Smith Mr. David Siddons Ms. Dorothy D. Smith Libby Smith Southern Region SARE Fred and Alice Stanback, Jr.

Ms. Diane D. Terni Gary and Mary Beth Thornhill Tides Foundation Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Mr. Bill Turner Turner Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James C. Vardell III Weight Watchers WestWind Foundation Joe and Terry Williams The Williams Companies, Inc. Yawkey Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Hawkins Holly H. Hook and Dennis A. Glaves Billie and Alan Houghton Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ilderton Joanna Foundation Bob and Jackie Lane Scott and Gayle Lane Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Leath, Jr. Charlie and Sally Lee Lasca and Richard Lilly The Lasca and Richard Lilly Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Trust Dr. Suzanne Lindsay and Mr. Bruce Lindsay The Suzanne and Bruce Lindsay Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John C. Maize, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. G. Alex Marsh III Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Marshall Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Mather Mr. and Mrs. James R. McNab, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James O. Mills Morning Sun Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Alan A. Moses Mr. Arnold Nemirow Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Parks Mr. Guy Paschal Charles and Celeste Patrick Mr. and Mrs. David Paynter Dr. Fred Pittman Mrs. Joan C. Pittman Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Prevost Mrs. Charles D. Ravenel Grace Jones Richardson Trust Mr. John M. Rivers, Jr. John M. Rivers, Jr. Foundation, Inc. David W. and Susan G. Robinson Foundation Mrs. Susan Robinson Ms. Martha Jane Soltow Mr. and Mrs. T. Paul Strickler William and Shanna Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. Jan S. Suwinski Mr. and Mrs. Jacques S. Theriot H. L. Thompson, Jr. Family Foundation Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program The Waterwheel Foundation, Inc. Dr. Robert Ellis Welch, Jr. Dr. Louis Wright and Ms. Patricia Giddens Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wyrick, Jr. Ziff Properties Charleston

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burt Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Cain The Cecil Family Mr. Steven Chamberlain Mr. Elliott S. Close Mr. and Mrs. John J. Cooney Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Croft Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Cross Dr. and Mrs. William F. Crosswell Mr. and Mrs. Wade C. Crow Mrs. Mary C. Cutler Mrs. Palmer Davenport Mr. Chris Davis Dr. Lisa Drakeman and Mr. Don Drakeman Mr. F. Reed Dulany, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Eaton Enterprise Holdings Foundation Ms. Carol B. Ervin Ms. Margaret D. Fabri Ms. Nina M. Fair Mrs. Harriott H. Faucette Mr. H. McDonald Felder Mr. and Mrs. Peter Feldman Mr. and Mrs. George W. Fennell Mrs. Nancy B. Fetter Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Dr. and Mrs. Philip A. Finley Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Fishburne, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. H. Charles Ford Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence T. Foster Francis Marion Hotel LP Mr. and Mrs. George C. Francisco IV Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Freeman Mrs. Dallas L. Garbee Mr. and Mrs. E. Stack Gately Drs. Andrew Geer and Susan Moore Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gephart, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Gerber Glaser Duncan The Good Works Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Harrell Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Higgins, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. R. Glenn Hilliard Mr. William L. Hiott, Jr. Holly Houghton and David Walker Mr. and Mrs. David C. House Mr. and Mrs. John Huey, Jr. Mr. Richard W. Hutson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Orton P. Jackson III Ms. Holly R. Jensen Mrs. Denise John Mr. and Mrs. George P. Johnston Ms. Jill Kammermeyer and Mr. Robert Hochstetler Dr. William Kee and Dr. Franklin Lee Lacuna Corporation Mrs. Beverly G. Lane Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Laney Mr. David Lansbury Dr. Diane D. Lauritsen Mr. Lorcan Lucey Lucey Mortgage Corporation Mrs. Patti Manigault Mike and JoAnne Marcell Mr. and Mrs. Francis X. McCann Mrs. John L. McCormick

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$500-$999 Anonymous Ms. Carrie Agnew Richard and Tannis Alkire Mr. and Mrs. William E. Applegate IV Mr. and Mrs. Michael Arthur Rev. and Mrs. Henry E. Avent, Jr. The Ayco Charitable Foundation The Barker Welfare Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Beaton Mrs. Katrina Becker Blackwater, LLC. Dr. Nadia Blanchet and Dr. Kent Rollins Ms. Christine Bogrette Ms. Amy Bunting Mrs. Blair Bunting Darnell Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John T. Cahill Mr. William Campbell and Ms. Susan Hilfer

Mr. R. R. M. Carpenter Leigh Mary W. Carter Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Carter Dr. and Mrs. William C. Carter III Nancy and Billy Cave Mrs. Ann Rodgers Chandler Ms. Catherine Craven Mr. and Mrs. David A. Creech Nancy and Steve Cregg Mr. Malcolm M. Crosland, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. William F. Crosswell Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Daen Jane Tucker Dana and David D. Aufhauser Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth P. Daniels Mr. R. Gordon Darby Mrs. Emily Darnell-Nunez Mrs. Palmer Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Emmett I. Davis, Jr. Mr. and Mrs F. Garey De Angelis Curtis and Arianna Derrick Mr. Christopher DeScherer and Ms. Amanda Honeycutt Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Dodds Mr. D. Reid Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ellison, II Mr. Mark Essig and Mrs. Martha Craft-Essig Mark and Kay Ethridge Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Dr. and Mrs. Gary E. Fink and Dr. Elliott Sweet Mary Fleming Finlay Ms. Catherine H. Forrester Rev. and Mrs. David Fort Dr. Sandra L. Fowler The Freddie Mac Foundation Alison and Arthur Geer Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Geer Mr. and Mrs. James T. Gettys III Mr. James R. Gilreath Dr. Annette G. Godow Mary Jane Gorman Dr. and Mrs. Gene W. Grace Dr. Thomas Gross and Mrs. Susan Hamilton Ms. Mary E. S. Hanahan Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Hanlin Dr. Kit M. Hargrove Ms. Sherrerd Hartness Mrs. Charlotte McCrady Hastie Matthew and Sarah Hamlin Hastings Whitney and Elizabeth Hatch Mr. and Mrs. Knox L. Haynsworth, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver R. Head, Jr. Mr. William J. Hennessy, Jr. Mr. Fred B. Herrmann Mr. Edwin Hettinger and Ms. Beverly Diamond Mr. and Ms. John A. Hill Mr. and Mrs. F. James Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hoffius James and Margaret Hoffman Mr. J.W.F. Holliday Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Horlbeck Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin A. Hough Ms. Margaret L. Howell Mr. and Mrs. Calvert W. Huffines Robert L. Huffines, Jr. Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Robert R. Huffman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hydon Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Jackson, Sr. Mr. Roger White and Dr. Deanna Jackson Mr. and Mrs. S. Wesley Jackson Ms. May Jones Dr. and Mrs. Todd P. Joye Mr. F. Kimball Joyner and Mr. Derek Riggs Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Jules Dr. and Mrs. John J. Keyser Mr. Paul Keyserling

Judy, Beth, Paul and Billy Keyserling Mr. and Mrs. James E. Kistler Mr. Mike Landrum and Ms. Brenda Smith Dr. and Mrs. Wood N. Lay Mr. and Mrs. Richard Leadem Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Lee Chip and Coleman Legerton Mr. Reynold Levy Elizabeth C. Rivers Lewine Endowment Mr. and Mrs. Fulton D. Lewis, Jr. David Lyle and Anne Aaron-Lyle Dr. and Mrs. Michael A. Maginnis Dr. and Mrs. John C. Maize Mr. Joshua Martin Mr. and Mrs. William A. Martin Dr. John Mattheis Mr. and Mrs. William M. Matthew Dr. and Mrs. Brem Mayer Mr. Malcolm McAlpin Pat F. and Suzanne C. McGarity Mr. and Mrs. William McKeachie Dr. and Mrs. Keith Merrill Mr. and Mrs. Roger F. Meyer Kincaid and Allison Mills Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mirsky Ms. Martha Morgan Russell E. and Elizabeth W. Morgan Foundation Mr. and Mrs. M. Lane Morrison Mr. and Mrs. William D. Nettles, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Nolan Dr. and Mrs. Alan I. Nussbaum Mrs. Elizabeth B. O'Connor Dr. Patrick M. O'Neil Mr. and Ms. Robert M. Ogden III Mrs. Pamela Oliver Dr. and Mrs. J. David Osguthorpe Mr. and Mrs. Coleman C. Owens Mrs. D. Williams Parker Ms. Kate Parks Dr. and Mrs. B. Daniel Paysinger Ms. Patricia Pierce The Pittsburgh Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey K. Richards Mr. and Mrs. William R. Richardson, Jr. Dr. Abigail Ryan Mr. Hal Currey and Ms. Margaret Schachte Mrs. Susan Schaller Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Scheetz, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Schenck Schwab Charitable Fund Dickie and Mary Schweers Ms. Mary E. Sharp Dr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Shealy Dr. and Mrs. William M. Simpson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gary C. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Rik Snyder Mr. and Mrs. Mark G. Solow Dr. and Mrs. James Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Stoothoff Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Storen Ms. Patricia Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. W. Charles Sullivan Summit Area Public Foundation Sustainable Settlement Mr. Landon K. Thorne III The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust United Way of the Piedmont Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan G. Verity Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Voight Dr. and Mrs. James D. Wells Greg White and Kristin Krantzman Mr. David Whitten and Ms. Geri Scheller Ms. Walda Wildman and Mr. Mack Maguire Dr. and Mrs. George W. Williams Jeremy and Lisa Willits

Live Oak Society

Mr. George McCoy Ms. Jamie Young McCulloch Mrs. Harriet P. McDougal Mr. and Mrs. Barclay McFadden III Goffinet and Ian McLaren John F. & Susan B. McNamara Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Ms. Georgia Meagher Sally H. Mitchell Mr. Marty Morganello Ms. Elizabeth F. Orser Outside Hilton Head Mr. Michael P. Overton Patagonia, Inc. Plantation Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Gary P. Quigley Dr. George Rabb Mr. and Ms. Richard Rainaldi Mr. and Mrs. S. Kim Reed Reliance Financial Corporation Dr. Georgia C. Roane Mrs. Susan Romaine Margot and Boykin Rose Bob Rymer and Catherine Anne Walsh Dr. H. Del Schutte, Jr. Schwab Charitable Fund Dr. Sally E. Self Mr. and Mrs. W. Tobias Sherrill Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Simmons, Jr. Mr. T. Grange Simons V Dr. James G. Simpson Mr. Matt Sloan Smart Growth Coalition Harriet and Dick Smartt Dorothy D. Smith Charitable Foundation Southern States Educational Foundation Inc. Dr. and Mrs. James Stephenson Charles and Jo Summerall Ms. Bailey W. Symington The T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving Mr. John Thompson and Ms. Julia Forster Mr. Michael P. Thornton Mr. John H. Tiencken, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. C. Daniel Tyree Tom Uffelman and Patty Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Greg VanDerwerker Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Vortex Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Waldron, Jr. Sally Webb Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. West Dr. and Mrs. Tad Whiteside Mr. and Mrs. John Winthrop Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Ms. Martha C. Worthy

COASTAL LEGACY SOCIETY The Coastal Legacy Society honors those who have provided for the Coastal Conservation League through their wills or estate plans. By making a gift to the Coastal Legacy Society, you will join this group of extraordinary individuals in their commitment to protect the Lowcountry for generations. If you are interested in finding out more about naming the Coastal Conservation League in your will or estate plans, please contact Senior Development Officer Catherine McCullough at (843) 725-2066.

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Russell Burns, Jr. Mrs. Charlotte Caldwell and Mr. Jeffrey Schutz Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Coffee, Jr. Ms. Marcia Curtis Mr. Howard F. Drew Ms. Carol B. Ervin Mrs. Mary C. Everts Dr. Annette G. Godow Miss Florence E. Goodwin Janis Hammett

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Ms. Teri Lynn Herbert Katy and Dan Huger Ms. Jane E. Lareau Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Mather Mr. Miles F. Mc Sweeney Ms. Nancy C. Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Prevost Mr. and Mrs. I. Mayo Read, Jr. Mr. Jason A. Schall Mr. and Mrs. John J. Tecklenburg Mr. and Ms. Thad Timmons Dr. and Mrs. George W. Williams


Thank You! Mr. and Mrs. Eric C. Helfers Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hill Mr. and Mrs. F. James Hodges Ms. Julie Hollings-Bower Dr. and Mrs. Edward C. Holscher Mr. Woody House Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Hutson Allen and Mary Jeffcoat Mrs. Jane S. Johnson Col. and Mrs. Ernest H. Jones, Jr. Drs. Bill and Elizabeth Joyce Mr. Patrick R. Kelley Randy and Jan Kienstra Brian and Liz King Mr. and Mrs. James M. Klein Ms. Nancy M. Kreml Ms. Jane E. Lareau Mrs. Clarence W. Legerton Mrs. Alice Levkoff Mr. John Liberatos Mr. Jack Limehouse Mr. and Mrs. William S. Logan Mr. and Mrs. Langdon D. Long Mr. and Mrs. Rayner B. Lotton Mrs. Adrienne M. Lustig Mr. and Mrs. John G. MacDougal Mrs. Frances G. Macilwinen Ms. Jean Elliott Manning Marbeach Foundation Mr. John T. McCarter Mr. and Mrs. Warne B. McClelland Dr. Layton McCurdy Ms. Eileen Mary McGuffie Mr. Robert A. McKenzie Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm T. McPherson Mr. John W. Meffert Capt. and Mrs. William L. Miles John and Joanne Milkereit Mr. and Mrs. John P. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Morawetz Mr. Hugh Comer Morrison Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Muench Mr. and Mrs. John Muench Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Murphy Mr. Gerald W. Musselman Network For Good Mr. and Mrs. William S. Newby Ms. Elizabeth Newman Mr. Michael Norris Senator Billy O'Dell Mr. and Mrs. Roger D. Olson Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Ottinger Dr. Artur Pacult Mr. and Mrs. David J. Painter Mr. Roger F. Pasquier Ms. Karen Peluso and Mr. Clinton Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pinckney II Dr. and Mrs. T. C. Player, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William L. Pope Mr. Graham Powell Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Pringle, Jr. Mr. John L. Quigley, Jr. Mr. Frank W. Rambo Ms. Cheryl Randall Mr. and Mrs. J. Marshall Reid Dr. and Mrs. Jerry H. Reitzel Frances C. Rhett Mr. and Mrs. David Rice Ms. Nena P. Rice Mr. and Mrs. William R. Richardson Ms. Beverly Rivers Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Robinson Dr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rosen Mr. and Mrs. Buff Ross Dr. Jeremy Rutledge Mr. and Mrs. Chester E. Sansbury Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Schmitt, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George Schneider Ms. Elizabeth W. Settle Dr. and Mrs. Scott C. Shaffer Mr. and Mrs. Lyle E. Sheldon Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Smith Mr. and Mrs. George Smyth, Jr. Mr. Michael Spath Mr. and Mrs. John C. Stevens III Mr. and Mrs. Marshall C. Stone, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Stormer Dr. and Mrs. Luther M. Strayer III Mr. and Mrs. John J. Stuart Mr. Richard Stuhr Mr. William B. Talbert, Jr. Mr. William B. Tausig Louis and Jane Theiling Mr. Cunningham P. Thomas, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James A. Trammell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. F. David Trickey Dr. Ann Truesdale and Mr. James Truesdale Mark and Lisa Turansky Waccamaw Audubon Society Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Walker

NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERSHIPS February 1, 2012 – April 30, 2012 SPECIAL GIFTS Mrs. Mary L. Ballou Mr. John C. Bigler Blackwater, LLC. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ellison II Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Fitzgerald Ms. Mary Louise Graff Mr. and Mrs. James A. Grimsley, III Mrs. V. M. Haselden Mr. J.W.F. Holliday Mr. and Mrs. Beezer Molten Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Winfield

ADVOCATE ($250-$499) Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Adams, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arnoff Bob and Jane Avinger Mrs. Tammie Lee Barr Dr. Richard L. Beck Edward and Adelaida Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Colin C. Bentley Mr. and Mrs. Philip J. Bergan Mr. Rhett S. Bickley Ms. Donna Billings and Mr. Dennis White Ms. Ruthann Burgess Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Carney Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Carson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Chase Mr. and Mrs. Scott S. Christian James and Susan Cole Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Creed Mr. Larry Creel and Ms. Judith Yarbrough Mr. John G. Davis Mr. and Mrs. James K. Dias Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Drummond Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. P. Duell Dr. William Ellison, Jr. Drs. Jean and Charles Everett Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Fanning Mrs. Monte Gaillard Mr. and Mrs. W. Foster Gaillard Dr. Sidney Gauthreaux and Ms. Carroll Belser Mr. Andrew Geer Mr. and Mrs. George R. Geer, Jr. Mr. John W. Glenn Mr. Harlan Greene and Mr. Jonathan Ray Ben and Penn Hagood Bill and Eleanor Hare Ms. Katharine M. Hartley Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hays III Hilton Head Island Audubon Society Ms. Mary Pope M. Hutson Dr. Joseph M. Jenrette III Mr. and Mrs. Tapley O. Johnson, Jr. Mr. J. Edward Joye Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Kammer Nora Kravec and Charles Cyr Ms. Julia Krebs and Mr. Roger Hux Melissa and Michael Ladd Jonathan Lamb Mr. Terrence C. Larimer Dr. and Mrs. William H. Lee Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Chisolm Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Fulton D. Lewis, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Lanneau D. Lide Timothy J. Lyons, M.D. Van and Catherine Marshall Stuart and Sarah McDaniel Mr. Charles E. Menefee, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Boulton D. Mohr Dudley and Ann Myers Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nevin Ms. Sis Nunnally Mrs. Constance S. Parramore Ms. Cynthia Swanson Powell Ms. Laura T. Pulleyn Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Rogers IV Mr. Legrand A. Rouse II Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Scott Ms. Mary E. Sharp Ms. Eloise Sills Mr. and Mrs. Huger Sinkler II Mr. and Mrs. Rik Snyder Dr. and Mrs. Mark C. Stamey Dr. and Mrs. John G. Steedman Roy and Dale Stuckey Dr. and Mrs. Charles P. Summerall III Ms. Jennie G. Summerall Dr. Arch W. Templeton Mr. Edward Thomas Drs. Christine and C. Murry Thompson, Jr. Mr. Landon K. Thorne III Mr. Paul VanWagenen

Alice and Doug Walker Dr. Dara H. Wilber Mr. and Mrs. D. Mark Wilson Dr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Wilson

CONTRIBUTOR ($100-$249) Anonymous (3) Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Abrams Ms. Kate B. Adams Dr. and Mrs. Scott H. Allen Mr. David W. Ames Mr. and Mrs. Brock Anderson Ms. Amy Armstrong Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Austin Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Baird Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Balbach Mrs. Mary L. Ballou Mr. Rodney Barlow and Dr. Patricia Fithian Mr. and Mrs. Chris Barton Mr. Leslie L. Bateson Mr. and Mrs. William D. Baughman Mr. Henry E. Beard III Mr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Beattie Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Bell Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Berchem Mr. Charles J. Bethea Mr. George S. Betsill Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Bischoff Ms. Laura Ann Blake-Orr Mr. and Mrs. William Bollin Jan Brewton Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Bridgman Ms. Lee G. Brockington Mrs. Ethel S. Brody Mr. Paul Bronzo Mr. John F. Brown Mel and Jack Brown Mr. and Mrs. C. Ashley Bullard Ms. Brenda Burbage Mr. and Mrs. Hardwick H. Burr Mr. and Mrs. Carleton D. Burtt Ms. Barbara H. Burwell Mr. and Mrs. McBee Butcher Ms. Paula W. Byers Ms. Randy Cabell Ms. Julia Cart Ms. Margaret H. Carter Mr. and Mrs. George B. Cartledge, Jr. Mr. Michael M. Cassell Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Cates Mr. Lester Chou Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Clapp Mr. Malcolm L. Clay Mr. and Mrs. Paul Coble Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Cohen Ms. Dorothy Coley and Mr. Robert Cross Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Conway Michael and Claudia Cordray Dr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Coull Mr. John C. Creed Dr. and Mrs. Richard F. Dame, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Dana III Mrs. Nadine Darby Mr. and Mrs. James C. Davis Mr. Anthony Del Porto and Ms. Gervais Hagerty Dr. and Mrs. Patrick H. Dennis, Jr. Ms. Martha Browning Dicus Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Dodds Mr. and Mrs. Calder D. Ehrmann Mrs. Carolyn Ellis Ms. Phyllis W. Ewing ExxonMobil Foundation Ms. Michel Faliero Mrs. Theodora L. Feldberg Mr. Kimball C. Firestone Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gaither Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Gallivan III Mr. David Garr and Ms. Deborah Williamson GE Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John A. Gilbert Dr. Juliet Goldman Drs. Donald and April Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gowin Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Greenberger Mr. and Mrs. L. Marion Gressette III Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Hadley Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Hagy Mr. Stephen Hanson Mr. Gerald Haram and Ms. Barbara Gould Erin Phillips Hardwick Mr. and Mrs. Elliott M. Harrigan Ms. Rosemary Hartnett Mrs. V. M. Haselden Lewis and Kim Hay

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Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Walle Mr. and Mrs. Kurt O. Wassen Mrs. Fayetta P. Weaver Mr. David A. Westerlund Dr. Daniel Wetenhall and Ms. Anna Onufer Dr. and Mrs. John W. Wilson, Jr. Mr. W. Chisolm Wilson Dr. D. Reid Wiseman Mrs. Elizabeth J. Witham Ms. Patricia Wolman Capt. and Mrs. Richard T. Wright Ms. Patricia Zincke

SUPPORTER ($50-$99) Ms. Julie W. Acker Mr. and Mrs. Roger Ackerman Mr. Keene Adams Dr. and Mrs. William D. Anderson, Jr. Dr. David M. Andrews Ms. Cynthia Aulbach Mr. and Mrs. Jason T. Ayers Mr. Joseph Azar Carol Barnett Dr. and Mrs. Scott D. Barton Ms. Maxine Bomer Mr. Thomas Bresnick Ms. Gail Brownlee Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Brownlee, Jr. Mr. Burton Callicott Mr. James Cavanagh Mr. Ronald H. Charron Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Clarkson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter L. Clarkson Meda Cobb Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Compton David and Sandy Cowen Mr. Woody W. Cox Mr. and Mrs. John T. Crawford Miss Kathy Davis DonateLiveLocal, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Dubois Dr. Hugh H. Dubose Mr. Steven Eames Luanne H. Elliott Dr. Frances L. Elmore Amy Fabri and Keith Ladeaux Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Fee Ms. Karol K. Fenner Mr. and Mrs. Helmut H. Fiedler Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Fisher Mrs. Jaquelin P. Fleet Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Fraser III Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Gamble Tom and Sally Gillespie Ms. Elizabeth B. Glazebrook Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Grady, Jr. Mr. James H. Grantham Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Gravil Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gray Mrs. Richard B. Grimball Babbie and Don Guscio Ms. Rene Guyton Ms. Julia Hall Dr. Suzanne D. Hardwicke Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Harper Mr. and Mrs. Alex G. Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Dean J. Hewitt Msgt Joseph B. Hewitt, Ret. Mr. Ian D. Hill Mr. Brad Hodson Mr. and Mrs. David B. Hoffman Lt. Col. And Mrs. Timothy L. Holt Mr. and Mrs. Gene R. Howard Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hubbard Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Huckins Mr. and Mrs. David L. Huguenin Mr. and Mr. Thomas C. Humphrey Ms. Bonnie L. Ideal Ms. Ann B. Igoe Mr. Bo Ives Ms. Susan H. Jackson Pamela Jacobs Nancy and Ricky James Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. James Mr. Roger Johnson Mark and Frances Jones Mr. Steve Kane Ms. Jane S. Keisler Mr. and Mrs. Randolph W. Kirkland Mr. Michael Kohl and Dr. Jane McLamarrah Mrs. Angela E. Lee Ms. Caroline W. Lee Dr. Susan Libes Marilyn H. Long Mr. and Mrs. Danforth Loring Mrs. Marcia M. Lucius Mr. Robbie Lupo Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Maguire Elizabeth R. Marlow Mr. and Mrs. James B. Miller


Thank You! Dr. Page Putnam Miller Mrs. Peg Moore Drs. James and Noreen Nelson Mrs. Phillis Newman Rhonwen L. Newton Ms. Kim H. Norris Ms. Brenda S. O'Shields Mr. and Mrs. D. Henry Ohlandt Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Orr Ms. Jean L. Osborne Ms. Mary L. Patten Mr. Hayes H. Patterson, Jr. Mrs. Linda L. Peckler Ms. Sharon M. Phillips Mr. John T. Poole Mrs. Mary Pringle Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Pulliam Mr. and Mrs. Tarrant Putnam Mr. James Ragin Ms. Marjorie Rath and Mr. David Bachman Mr. Ron A. Rocz Mr. and Mrs. James P. Rush Ms. M. Lynn Rutledge Mr. and Mrs. James R. Scott Mr. Wayne S. Severance Mr. and Mrs. C. Troy Shaver, Jr. Mrs. Pamela B. Shucker Ms. Katherine Silvia Mr. James H. Small Dr. and Mrs. C. D. Smith III Mr. Roderick E. Smith Dr. and Mrs. James F. Snyder Spectra Energy Foundation Mr. and Mrs. George Stilwell Ms. Kathryn Stoneburner Mr. J. F. Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. E. Randall Swan, Jr. Col. and Mrs. Paul J. Sykes Mr. John Tarkany Mr. and Mrs. Joel H. Thayer Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Thomas Ms. Mareta Thompson and Mr. Phil Dilon Mr. John Tibbetts and Ms. Catherine Fahey Ms. Rebecca H. Tuten Mr. Daniel G. Vara Mr. and Mrs. Maurice K. Veronee Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Vogel Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Von Ende Ms. Elise Wallace Ms. Elizabeth D. Watson Mr. Robert Weldon Barbara A. Wellborn Mr. George Westerfield Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Wiedeke Mr. and Mrs. James M. Williams Dr. and Mrs. T.D. Williams III Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wilson Mrs. Marguerite T. Wingard Ms. Virginia Woodhead Mr. David Wyanski and Ms. Andrea Smith

REGULAR (UP TO $49) Ms. Penny Alexander Ms. Peggy L. Andretz Mr. and Mrs. Donald Backer Dr. Thomas M. Badgett

HONOR/MEMORIALS In memory of Rufus C. Barkley Mrs. Frank M. McClain In honor of Mrs. Mimi Dias Mr. Steven Chamberlain Mr. Marlon E. Kimpson In memory of William M. Gregg Mr. and Mrs. Langdon D. Long In memory of Carlotta Hartness Dr. Suzanne Zilber In memory of Bobby Kingsmore Ms. Cynthia Swanson Powell In memory of Katharine Knott Ms. Helen R. Gordon In memory of Billie Mae LeBoutillier Mr. and Mrs. Hugh K. Clark Norwood and Ruth Gove Medical Education and Research Institute Mr. Edward Vought

Mr. and Mrs. Tyre H. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Morrow Mrs. Denise B. Neighbors Mrs. Mary Kathlyne Nussbaumer Mr. Afolabi Oguntoyinbo Mr. and Mrs. Russell Olivier Mrs. Eleanor H. Parker Mrs. Janice N. Pfeiffer Mr. Steve Price Mrs. Sarah G. Pringle Mr. Frank Procaccini Dr. Jane Pulling Dr. William Quick Mr. Marc E. Rapport Mr. and Mrs. William A. Rice Bryn O. Richard Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Rickenbaker, Jr. Lynne Riding John S. Rinehart Mr. Warren Ripley Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Roberts Ms. Traylor Rucker Mr. George W. Sanford Mr. Peter Schilling Ms. Cynthia Seabrook Mr. William D. Smyth Mr. Eugene Sullivan David and Heather Teague Dr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Tiller, Jr. Mrs. Nancy G. Tuten Dr. and Mrs. Jack M. Valpey Mrs. Edward Vought Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Walker Dr. and Mrs. Steve R. White Dr. David Wishart and Dr. Josephine Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Wolf

Mr. and Mrs. Asbury D. Baughman Mrs. Marilyn M. Belk Mr. and Mrs. Ronald H. Benner Mr. and Mrs. Travis L. Bianchi Dr. and Mrs. Charles K. Biernbaum Jonathan and Marty Bonds Ms. Kathy Bradley Mr. Eric Brooker Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Brown Ms. Susan Budnick Mrs. Alice N. Burress Mr. and Mrs. Tom Camp Mr. and Mrs. W. Dale Carrier, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Cheatham Ruth M. Cobb Juliet and Jeffrey Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Colbath Mrs. Richard D. Coonen Mr. Joseph L. Costa Mrs. Anne R. Cronly Dr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Curtis Mr. and Mrs. Morris K. Deason Drayton Hall Mr. Richard E. Driggers Dr. Adolphus W. Dunn Ms. Pamela J. Edwards Mrs. Montez R. English Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Ferguson Mrs. Dorothy Fetters Mrs. Pat Finch Mr. Robert H. Folk Dr. and Mrs. James Forrester Ms. Anne Gibson Mrs. Michael S. Giuffre Mr. and Mrs. Dieter Hahn Mr. Leo F. Hansberry Mr. Charles A. Harrison Dianne H. Haselton Ms. Paige Heggie Mr. Roger D. Hill Ms. Elizabeth Hupfer Ms. Catherine C. Inabnit Dr. and Mrs. Julius R. Ivester Ms. Betsy A Jukofsky Mr. and Mrs. Hartl R. Jones Ms. Margaret W. Kherlopian Dr. and Mrs. John F. Kososki Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Lambert Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Lanier Dr. Steven A. Lapp Mrs. James H. Leach Dr. Richard Lehman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lehnhoff Ms. Susie Levisen Mr. and Mrs. Cisco Lindsey Dr. and Mrs. R. P. Linker Ms. Nancy M. Love Jan Macleay Mrs. Linda F. Marshall Mr. Robert L. McCarthy Ms. Frances McClary Ms. Martha K. McConnell Dr. Shelley McGeorge Mrs. Suzanne G. McIntyre Chris C. McLaren Mr. and Mrs. Howard Michaels

QOL Ms. Marie Wiley Austin Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Baker Ms. Janie Ball Ms. Ida Becker Mr. and Mrs. Trey Chakides Ms. Ann P. Chandler Mr. Charles G. Claus Dr. and Mrs. Richard Clinton William and Lucile Cogswell Mr. Charles Cole Ginny Lomel Conlon Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Cooper II Mr. and Mrs. David Couey Jennifer Dare Mr. Anthony Del Porto and Ms. Gervais Hagerty Mr. Christopher DeScherer and Ms. Amanda Honeycutt Michael and Megan Desrosiers Mr. and Mrs. Dave DiBenedetto Ms. Elizabeth Dickinson Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Donovan Mr. and Mrs. John Dunnan Mr. Steven Eames Mr. and Mrs. John Emrick Mr. and Mrs. John S. Evans, Jr. Mrs. Caroline P. Fitzgerald Mr. and Mrs. Todd Flohr

In memory of Lillie F. Moredock Eve Moredock Stacey In memory of William M. Moredock Eve Moredock Stacey

Mark and Julie Frye Mr. and Mrs. Wes Fuller Fuzzco Ms. Mary L. Gaillard Ms. Mary Gatch Alison and Arthur Geer Mr. Andrew Geer Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Brantley Gray Mr. and Mrs. James S. Gray Mr. and Mrs. Jay Griffin Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hagood Mrs. V. M. Haselden Katharine and Winslow Hastie Mr. J. Blanding Holman IV Ms. Sarah Mae Ilderton Catherine R. Jones Katie James Kegel Mr. and Mrs. Gerald K. Kemerer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Kennedy Ms. Nunally Kersh and Mr. Robert Stehling Brian and Liz King Mr. and Mrs. Kristopher King Ms. Pam Kylstra Melissa and Michael Ladd Mr. and Mrs. Paul Langston Ms. Daisy Leath Mr. and Mrs. Matt C. Lee Ms. Adrienne Levy and Mr. David Betenbaugh Ms. Lindsay G. Luther Mr. Carl Mabry Mr. Michael Mansson Mr. and Mrs. Clay McCullough Mr. and Mrs. Barnes McLaurin Ms. Nikki Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Beezer Molten Mr. Aeron H. Myers Katharine and Lindsay Nevin Lee Nodes Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Opoulos III Mr. and Mrs. Tom Pace Mr. and Mrs. Telfair Parker Dr. and Mrs. Telfair H. Parker Ms. Magda Pelzer Ms. Margaret C. Pitts Helen Pratt-Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Buff Ross Mr. and Mrs. Carter Rowson Mr. and Mrs. Milo Ryan Beth Safrit Mr. and Mrs. David Schaefers Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schoderbek Mr. Alec Sheaff Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Skahill Mr. and Mrs. Bachman Smith IV Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McBain Speir Ms. Nicole Streetman Mrs. Wynne Thomas Mr. and Ms. Gray Tiller Mr. and Mrs. Mark Turansky Ms. Leslie Turner Mr. and Mrs. Felix Von Nathusius Mr. and Mrs. Reid Warder Mr. and Mrs. Michael Whitfield Mr. and Mrs. T. Bright Williamson Mrs. Heather A. Wilson Ms. Katherine S. Zimmerman

IN-KIND Mr. and Mrs. S. Parker Gilbert Katherine and Winslow Hastie

COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS

In honor of Kate Parks Hickory Hill Garden Club In honor of Lucy Seabrook and Family Rev. and Mrs. Henry E. Avent In honor of James G. Speth Stephanie and Noel Hunt In honor of Lisa Jones Turansky Potpourri Garden Club

The Chicago Community Foundation Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina The Colbert Family Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc. Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Inc. Community Foundation of Greenville, Inc. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc. The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Pasadena Community Foundation

GIFTS OF MEMBERSHIP MATCHING GIFTS Ameriprise Financial Employee Giving Campaign ExxonMobil Foundation GE Foundation Mills Bee Lane Foundation Spectra Energy Foundation Waste Management Employees' Better Government Fund

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Carol Barnett for Wayne Weiss Mr. and Mrs. Robert Connor for Kelcee Connor Mr. and Mrs. Robert Connor for Kelie Connor Rhae C. Cribb for Joe Washington Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Gersen for Alison K. Gersen Mr. Dan M. Johnson for Sydnor Lafitte Ms. Linley Jones for Erin O Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Kammer for Jonathan Kammer Mr. and Mrs. Enrique Salgado for Holmes B. Moore


P.O. Box 1765

Mark Your Calendar

Charleston, SC 29402-1765

For more information about the Coastal Conservation League, check out our website at www.CoastalConservationLeague.org

Friday, September 21st Matt & Ted Lee Host QOL Food Series Opening Party, GrowFood Warehouse, Charleston Saturday, September 29thSunday, September 30th 5th Annual Charleston Green Fair, Marion Square Thursday, October 4th Cooking with EVO, QOL Food Series Saturday, October 6th Live Oak Society Outing to Paul & Dalton Plantation, Combahee River Saturday, October 20th Family Outing to Hay Farm, John’s Island, followed by farm-to-table lunch, QOL Food Series

THE MISSION OF THE COASTAL CONSERVATION LEAGUE is to protect the natural environment of the South Carolina coastal plain and to enhance the quality of life of our communities by working with individuals, businesses and government to ensure balanced solutions. 0RINTEDON.EW,EAF2EINCARNATIONs0OST #ONSUMER7ASTE s0ROCESSED#HLORINE&REEs-ANUFACTUREDWITHELECTRICITYTHATISOFFSETWITH'REEN E® CERTIFIEDRENEWABLEENERGYCERTIFICATESs!NCIENT&OREST&RIENDLYs)NKSAREFORMULATED WITHMORETHANRENEWABLESOYANDVEGETABLEOILS

Dana Beach

Thank You, Interns!

(l-r) Caitlin Black, Aylett Clesi and Anna Shoettle.

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Laura Hoffacker


Summer 2012