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Conservation League Winter 2009


Volume 20 No.4


20 Years

Making Our Voice Heard photograph by Sam Holland

From the Director All Politics is Local. . . Almost


he Conservation League is founded on the belief that the most important conservation work to be done on the coast is local. We organized twenty years ago to counter the explosion of sprawl that was consuming our rural and natural landscapes. Our earliest efforts focused on improving county and city land use plans and zoning codes. We fought region-changing developments on places like Sandy Island, blocked sprawl-inducing sewer and water lines and new highways, and prevented the contamination of coastal rivers and streams from sources like factory hog operations. Local is where the action was, and there it remains today. So what business have we in the Legislature? In spite of the lack of a state planning structure, legislative decisions have an enormous impact on the potential for good or bad local outcomes. One of the first battles we fought in Columbia was over “Takings” bills. Under the guise of protecting property rights, these laws would have eliminated the ability of towns, cities and counties to plan for future growth by requiring them to pay property owners when new zoning codes were enacted or existing codes were changed. Virtually every year between 1995 and 2002, we opposed Takings bills sponsored by development lobbyists. And every year we won. Nancy Vinson served as our lobbyist until 2000, commuting between Charleston and Columbia. When the workload became too great, we opened a Columbia office with Nancy StoneCollum as our first full-time legislative representative. Also in 1995, hog industry lobbyists persuaded a majority of the South Carolina House to remove local control over factory hog operations. The same type of law passed in North Carolina in the early 1990s and precipitated the flood of hogs and waste that devastated rivers and streams when lagoons overflowed during Hurricane Floyd. Nancy Vinson led the

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effort to turn the bill around in the Senate and subsequently to pass the nation’s strongest hog factory standards. This law effectively shut the hog industry out of the state. In 2002, Christie McGregor took over as the Conservation League’s Legislative Director. Christie had worked jointly for The Nature Conservancy and the Conservation League to pass the S.C. Conservation Bank Act in the 2001 legislative session. Patty Pierce and Heather Spires joined the lobby team in 2007 and 2008, and coordinated our efforts to reform the Department of Transportation, to maintain and increase funding for the Conservation Bank, to defeat Takings legislation, to maintain the integrity of the permitting process, to improve state energy efficiency standards, and to stop the flow of out-of-state garbage into South Carolina. Patrick Moore joined the Columbia staff in 2009, working on annexation reform and assisting Heather in overcoming vigorous industry opposition to protecting water flows in the state’s rivers and streams. It almost goes without saying that sustained work in Columbia is essential to maintaining a healthy coast, particularly in a state with one of the most dominant legislatures in the nation. But deciding what legislative battles we take on demands that we always measure the potential benefits where it matters most – in the communities and the natural landscapes of the South Carolina coast.

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Staff ____________________

Director Dana Beach

Regional Offices _____ ________________ South Coast

Office Director Garrett Budds Project Manager Reed Armstrong Project Manager Andrea Malloy

Office Director Nancy Cave Program Director Grace Gasper



Office Director Patrick Moore Director of Govt. Relations Dennis Glaves Govt. Relations Coordinator Merrill McGregor

_______Programs _____________ Dir. of Conservation Programs Megan Desrosiers Program Directors Nancy Vinson

Project Managers Communications Manager

Development ____________________ Director Courtenay Speir Development Associate Dana Moorer Administration ______________ ______

Director of Administration HR and Admin. Director of Finance Data Manager Administrative Assistant Development/Finance Assistant Assistant to the Director

Josh Martin Hamilton Davis Katie Zimmerman Kate Parks Gretta Kruesi

Cathy Forrester Tonnia Switzer Ashley Waters Nora Kravec Angela Chvarak Amanda Watson Eugenia Payne

Board of Directors

Laura Gates, Chair William Cogswell Fred Lincoln Andrea Ziff Cooper Cartter Lupton Berry Edwards Roy Richards Dorothea Benton Frank Jeffrey Schutz Richard T. Hale Harriet Smartt Hank Holliday Libby Smith Holly Hook Victoria C. Verity

Advisors and Committee Members Paul Kimball Hugh Lane Jay Mills


Editor Virginia Beach Designer Julie Frye

P.O. Box 1765 ■ Charleston, SC 29402 Phone: (843) 723-8035 ■ FAX: (843) 723-8308 Email: Web site: P.O. Box 1861 ■ Beaufort, SC 29901 Phone: (843) 522-1800 935 Main Street, No. 1 ■ Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: (803) 771-7102 P.O. Box 603 ■ Georgetown, SC 29442 Phone: (843) 545-0403 All contents herein are copyright of the Coastal Conservation League. Reprinting is strictly prohibited without written consent.

Cover photo by Sam Holland

Conservation Agenda

The 118th South Carolina General Assembly

A Challenging Session Ahead This year marks the Coastal Conservation League’s 20th anniversary and another successful year of advocacy at the State House. However, the 2009 Legislative Session was unlike any we have seen in recent history – a shortened session marked by furloughs and overriding concerns about the state’s budget shortfall.


espite this challenging environment, the Conservation League’s legislative team successfully advanced several items on our conservation agenda, including improved energy standards for residential building codes, restoration of some funding to the state Conservation Bank, improved solid waste regulations that reduce the potential for mega-landfills in the state, and progress towards consensus on a Fair Share water bill. We anticipate another shortened session in 2010, once again dominated by budget concerns, overlapping subcommittee meetings, and few opportunities for public hearings. But with your help, we can maintain a strong voice for conservation. We will continue to work to advance those bills carried over from last year that addressed annexation reform, water withdrawal, energy efficiency and clean energy. Interestingly, as we move through the economic crisis, there has been a fundamental shift in how growth and sustainability are viewed. A national focus on the things that define our communities – energy use, water stewardship, and public health protection – has emerged. South Carolina is no different and the 2010 session offers a chance for members to get involved in these critical issues of our time.

Highlights of the Conservation League’s 2010 Legislative Agenda n Energy Efficiency and Renewables Legislation 1) S.547 creates an energy efficiency resource standard that requires that energy efficiency goals be met by a certain time. 2) H.3628 reinstates the state Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund.

n Taxpayer Protection through Annexation Reform – H.3253 1) Redefines statutory standing so that citizens negatively affected by annexation proposals are empowered to challenge them. 2) Improves public notice requirements. 3) Requires annexing municipalities to publish a “Plan of Services” prior to approval of all annexation proposals. 4) Ensures all annexations are consistent with local land use plans. 5) Limits inappropriate “shoestring” annexations of remote properties.

n Fair Share Water Bill – S.452 1) Establishes a water withdrawal permitting program for S.C. 2) Sets a minimum water flow standard based on seasonal variations that mimic natural river flows.

n Sustain the Conservation Bank The S.C. Conservation Bank has protected more than 152,000 acres of South Carolina’s most valuable natural resources. Protecting ecologically significant lands and historic sites since 2004, the Conservation Bank is one of the most productive state agencies, providing more than six dollars of taxpayer value for every one dollar of public monies spent. The Conservation League will continue to advocate for fair funding of the Conservation Bank.

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Legislative Advocacy

When Conservation Becomes A Public Purpose Tenacious advocacy on the part of the Conservation League, combined with persistent citizen involvement and scrutiny, elevate environmental agenda


ince its founding 20 years ago, the Coastal Conservation League has grown to be a major political player in South Carolina. It was not until 2000 that the Conservation League opened a permanent legislative office in Columbia. Yet, even in that first decade of commuting between Charleston and the State House – when staffers Nancy Vinson and Jane Lareau were fighting the factory hog industry – the young environmental group was gaining the ear of the General Assembly. Lawmakers quickly found they could trust the reasoned analysis of the League and trust that a strong, informed citizenry was backing it up. “We’ve always seen our role as one of facilitating citizen involvement in the arena of public decision making,” says League founder and Executive Director Dana Beach. “The goal is to see that our beautiful environment and exceptional quality of life are safeguarded by the best policy decisions possible in land use and transportation planning, environmental permitting, state legislation and regulations, public funding for land conservation, infrastructure investment

Thank Heavens for the Coastal Conservation League. Nancy, Jane, and Dana, along with many other professionals and volunteers, have made a difference in South Carolina. I can't imagine how the Legislature would be able to help look after our state's precious coastal resources without them. Knowledgeable, insightful, resourceful with boundless energy, it is a pleasure to work with the Conservation League. Happy Birthday CCL and thank you, Dana, for your vision. – Senator Phil Leventis (D-Sumter) and a whole host of actions on the state level that affect South Carolinians in their everyday lives.” Creating an environmentally sound vision of the future and helping citizens and their representatives realize that vision is no small task. Over the last two decades, the League has developed long-term, working partnerships with state legislators and countless other environmental and public interest groups. These partnerships across the state have resulted in legislation and policy reform that enhance the quality of life of our local communities, both large and small.

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What follows is a sampling of the Conservation League’s 20-year record of State House advocacy for greater protection of South Carolina’s lands, waters and public health. There are accounts of successful battles waged against massive swine slaughterhouses, Cooper River polluters, and extreme Takings legislation, while at the same time, stories of remarkable coalitions of stakeholders coming together to dedicate permanent public funding for land preservation, pass a Neighborhood Schools Act, and reform transportation policy and criteria for new road building in South Carolina.

Legislative Advocacy Round One of the Hog Fight

I Protecting the People – At the urging of Pee Dee farmers and the Conservation League, Governor Jim Hodges signs legislation strengthening factory hog farming regulations.

Together, we have worked to ensure a clean, bright future for South Carolina and have opposed those who have tried to make us a dump for out-of-state waste. Now, we face the energy challenge of tomorrow, where efficiency must become an active and attainable goal to ensuring affordable energy without a declining standard of living. – President Pro Tempore of the S.C. Senate, Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston)

t’s mid-May of 1995 and thanks to an impressive outpouring of calls and letters from Conservation League members, plus months of work by League staff members Nancy Vinson and Jane Lareau, the S.C. Senate has taken decisive action against factory hog farms after a heated floor fight. In the end, the Senate passes an unprecedented moratorium on swine operations that are poised to enter the Palmetto State from across the border in North Carolina. Next, Governor David Beasley announces that his administration is no longer recruiting the Iowa Beef Products (IBP) hog slaughterhouse that had been eyeing Marion County. Both actions go a long way toward giving South Carolinians the tools they need – and the time they need – to protect themselves from the kinds of environmental and community disasters other states with large factory hog farms have experienced. The Conservation League is delighted with this “halftime” victory, which will make it difficult for corporate agri-business to achieve the density of hogs per acre needed to support a major slaughterhouse until strong regulations can be put in place to protect residents and the environment from the waste produced by these swine factories. However, despite these impressive strides, the Conservation League believes the state needs to do more. Even though Governor Beasley’s administration is not actively recruiting IBP, the massive slaughterhouse can still locate here and, in fact, is actively considering South Carolina. Miraculously, by the following year, the Conservation League has achieved the unthinkable for a poor, southern state. Even with IBP and Smithfield Foods, two of the nation’s most powerful pork producers, courting the Governor and the General Assembly, the League persuades legislators in the House and Senate to pass the strictest factory hog farm regulations – and most protective of water quality – in the nation.

Water Qualilty Under Siege


f the Cooper River industry lobby had gotten its way in the late 1990s, special interests around the state could easily have sabotaged the health of our precious waterways. But thanks to the diligent work of Senators Arthur Ravenel, Glenn McConnell, Brad Hutto and Phil Leventis, in partnership with League Water Quality Director Nancy Vinson, the General Assembly passed a bill that better protects South Carolina’s rivers from industrial pollution. In 1998, the General Assembly passed new rules that allowed additional pollutants to be dumped into various rivers

Clean Water is a Birthright – (l-r) League Water Quality Director Nancy Vinson worked with Senators Glenn McConnell, Arthur Ravenel and Brad Hutto in the 1990s to strengthen water quality regulations.

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around the state, including the Cooper and the Waccamaw. The new rules were pushed through by the Cooper River Water Users Association – an alliance of industries and utilities that discharge millions of gallons of waste into the Cooper River each year – and endorsed by DHEC, despite the fact that 20% of the users had violated their waste discharge permits over the preceding two years. Early in 1999, Senators McConnell and Ravenel introduced a bill that simply reversed the previous year’s damaging legislation. However, it soon became clear that this bill would go nowhere; the Cooper River industries and utilities had too many lobbyists on their payroll. So the senators came up

The Burden Lifted


hen the “inordinate burden” bill came barreling out of the House in 1997, many people feared that it could not be stopped. The proposed law, similar to Takings bills being introduced across the country in state legislatures, had been vigorously promoted by a statewide coalition of developer, billboard and factory farming interests. The legislation promised cash payment to landowners who claimed that their property had been inordinately burdened by

with new legislation that required users to make their case to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) instead of to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). But when the Cooper River Water Users discovered that they would have to provide rigorous scientific proof that additional discharges would not harm shellfish and juvenile fish, they balked. Then Nancy Vinson stepped in and was able to broker an agreement between the users and the senators that kept the senators’ important provision intact and allowed the more stringent regulations to become law. As Senator McConnell stated, “It was a great day for the state. It gave us a manageable water quality standard to protect our rivers.”

Dana Beach

Legislative Advocacy

It has been gratifying to work with the Coastal Conservation League in attempting to protect my district as well as preserve and adhere to a lifetime aim as it relates to the environment. Clean water and clean air are a birthright. They are sacrosanct and must be passed on to our children. – Senator Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington) measures that protect quality of life and conserve natural resources – measures such as basic zoning, tree ordinances, historic preservation ordinances, billboard controls and water quality standards. In March of that year, the Conservation League released a powerful report drafted by Florida economist Dr. Henry Fishkind and a team of expert appraisers, developers, planners and attorneys. Their analysis revealed that Takings legislation would cost the State of South Carolina more than $126 million in the first year alone, with most of that going to pay for attorneys and appraisers’ fees and other litigation and administration costs. On April 8th, Senator McConnell invited the public to address a special Senate subcommittee convened to

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examine the bill. League Director Dana Beach briefed the senators on Dr. Fishkind’s fiscal impact study and raised such serious questions about the legislation that the subcommittee felt compelled to set aside considerable time for more hearings and deliberation. Meanwhile, the Conservation League had launched a “Beat the Burden” campaign, conducting mailings and building a database of activists, who were speaking out at hearings, writings letters to the editors of major newspapers across the state, and educating the public about this harmful legislation. Eventually, the League’s Beat the Burden campaign created such doubt regarding Takings legislation that the proposed bill never made it out of the Senate subcommittee.

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Courtesy of the Post and Courier

A Land Bank for South Carolina

ike clockwork, harmful Takings legislation continued to be introduced annually in the S.C. General Assembly, and year after year, the Conservation League and its allies were there to beat it back. In contrast, in 2001, legislation with a completely different purpose was drafted – the S.C. Conservation Bank Act. Introduced in the House by Rep. Chip Campsen and in the Senate by Sen. John Drummond, the legislation proposed to direct millions of dollars annually to a state conservation bank for the purpose of buying and protecting South Carolina’s most Land Legacy – A public commitment to land conservation is paying dividends environmentally significant and historic in the Palmetto State. properties. At the time, South Carolina was Congratulations to the Coastal Conservation League on their 20th losing 200 acres a day of rural land to development, with no dedicated public anniversary. I am proud to be a long-time member, for we have been funds for land protection. Meanwhile, in the forefront of multiple efforts to conserve the Palmetto State’s states like Florida and Maryland were spending hundreds of millions natural resources and beauty.  We have advanced conservation public of dollars each year to permanently policy, which has helped create a greater awareness of environmental protect their special places. So critical was this proposed legislation to land issues.  I appreciate the dedication of the Coastal Conservation conservation in South Carolina that the League’s staff and the many financial supporters. Conservation League joined with The Nature Conservancy to hire Christie – Senator John Courson (R-Richland) McGregor as a full-time Land Legacy Initiative Coordinator. Her mission? To get the S.C. Conservation Bank Act botanists, ecologists and conservationists and Senate and was signed into law by passed. joined in the mapping effort. Governor Jim Hodges. The seeds for such landmark Once the most important lands and legislation were sown back in 1997, sites were identified, Beach and other when League Director Dana Beach members of the committee began a organized a steering committee series of discussions on how to fund for what would become the S.C. acquisition or protection of these Landscape Mapping Project, a plan properties. Conservationist Charles to identify high priority conservation Lane proposed the land bank idea lands in South Carolina. The steering to Rep. Campsen, who crafted a bill committee included the Conservation that would set aside a percentage of League, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature South Carolina’s real estate transfer fee Conservancy, the Lowcountry Open – about $8-to-$10 million annually Mapping the Palmetto State – Land Trust, MeadWestvaco, the ACE – to preserve the state’s natural and The S.C. Landscape Mapping Project Basin Task Force and the Audubon historic sites. On April 18th, 2002, identified the state’s most environmentally Society. More than 75 of the state’s the Conservation Bank Act – five years significant and historic properties. leading biologists, foresters, historians, in the making – cleared the House c o a s t al c o n s e r va t i o n l e a g u e

Legislative Advocacy Neighborhood Schools


n 1999, the Conservation League asked summer intern Christopher Kouri, of Duke University’s Institute of Public Policy, to survey 200 public schools throughout the Lowcountry about their size, location and accessibility. Chris and a team of volunteers documented that new schools were far less walkable than schools built in earlier decades. They also found that new school sites were much larger than they needed to be, and consequently were forced to locate at the edge of communities rather than at their center. In addition, due to the growing distance between home and school, parents were becoming less involved in their children’s schools. So not only were children losing the opportunity for the healthy and rich experience of walking or biking to school, the study concluded, but the chance for greater parental and community involvement in children’s education was diminished as well. What Chris discovered was that South Carolina’s minimum

acreage requirements for new schools were higher than in other states, forcing school districts to seek cheaper land far from town and inducing unnecessary sprawl along the way. Often, new school sites would be selected by real estate developers and either sold cheaply or donated to the school system. In fact, a new school would boost nearby property values of what was formerly cheap land located far from a town center or services. To address this disconnect between good community planning and school siting, the Conservation League urged the state Superintendent of Education, Inez Tenenbaum, to establish a committee of architects, engineers and school administrators to revise the voluminous “School Facilities Planning and Construction Guide” to allow for more flexibility at the local level for siting and designing community friendly schools. In 2003, the committee’s work resulted in the passage of the Neighborhood Schools Act, which lessened minimum acreage requirements, thus promoting the construction of smaller neighborhood schools.

The Coastal Conservation League has been outstanding in providing information to elected officials on issues and policies that protect the environment and green spaces. Our local communities have benefited greatly from smart land use and infrastructure policies. I applaud the hard work of the Coastal Conservation League in maintaining our quality of life. Representative Robert Brown (D-Charleston)

Check it Out Visit the following Web sites and get connected with what’s happening at the South Carolina State House: Dana Beach c o a s t al c o n s e r va t i o n l e a g u e

Legislative Advocacy Reforming DOT


or decades, transportation planning in South Carolina was a shoot from the hip, seat of the pants affair. Just who got to decide when a new road should be built and on what rationale was a mystery. There was no requirement for road projects to be objectively analyzed to determine whether they would improve traffic flow or make it worse. No one was charged with looking at less costly alternatives to reduce congestion. Instead, our state Department of Transportation (DOT) was spending billions of public dollars on projects that failed to address South Carolina’s most pressing transportation challenges. For example, if the powerful mayor of

Rogue Roads – In 2007, the Conservation League and a 36-member reform coalition convinced the General Assembly to pass sweeping DOT Reform legislation.

As author of the S. C. Conservation Bank, I can always count on the Conservation League to stand with me in the fight to keep the Bank funded to preserve South Carolina’s exceptional quality of life. Recently, the League has been an invaluable ally in my efforts to ensure that our riverine ecosystems – and the public’s right to enjoy those ecosystems – take precedence over future industrial users as we hammer out surface water permitting legislation.  The talent and resources the League brings to bear on these and other conservation issues are nonpareil. – Senator Chip Campsen (R-Charleston) a small town wanted a bypass or a well connected developer needed a new road to serve his property, one would simply get a politician to put it on the DOT agenda and lobby hard to get priority ranking. Soon the wheels would be set in motion for expensive studies, permit applications, matching funds and condemnations until the project gained enough momentum that it couldn’t be stopped. Lacking a long-term vision for the state’s transportation needs and lacking an understanding of the relationship between land use and transportation, DOT consistently lavished enormous amounts of our tax monies on projects that benefited special interests at the expense of mobility and safety statewide. In doing so, DOT was unnecessarily degrading South Carolina’s environment and destroying the character of its communities. In 2006, the conservation community – led by the Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) – demanded that no additional taxpayer support, fees or taxes should be allocated to DOT until fundamental restructuring and reform could be instituted. What followed was nearly a year of intense work on the part of League staff, sympathetic legislators, and a 36-member reform coalition to craft legislation that would implement the necessary change and discipline at DOT.

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The bill that emerged after much debate included several transportation improvement priorities developed by the League, including timely public hearings, funding priority given to roads and bridges consistent with local land use plans, and criteria for project selection that would provide the greatest economic benefit with the least environmental impact. League Legislative Liaison Patty Pierce, working with David Farren of SELC, led the effort. Finally on June 27th, 2007, Governor Mark Sanford signed longawaited DOT Reform legislation – Act 114 – into law. But the work wasn’t finished. In the course of the following year, Pierce and Farren worked closely with DOT staff to ensure that the new law was translated into clear and meaningful regulations. The League continues to monitor implementation of this landmark legislation.

At the State House

Policy in the Making A Legislative Time Line: 1989 – 2009

THE FIRST DECADE Laying the Groundwork

1989 w CCL opens its first office, on King St. in Charleston, with a staff of three. w CCL collects nearly 6,000 signatures on petition urging the Legislative Task Force on Solid Waste to adopt the strongest possible recycling recommendations. w CCL review reveals that DHEC’s analysis of 13 years of water monitoring data on Charleston Harbor is flawed and misleading.


1990 w CCL sponsors first Coastal Land Planning Conference. w CCL begins assisting ACE Basin Task Force with land use, regulatory and road policy issues. w CCL and NRDC file an amicus curia brief in defense of S.C.’s 1988 Beachfront Management Act against two challenges by beachfront landowners.

w CCL begins work with OCRM to reform dock regulations. w CCL initiates fight to stop Interstate 73 – the Detroit to Charleston Highway. w CCL persuades S.C. Highway Commission to institute a major new policy requiring DOT to take into account the impact of road projects on trees.


1994 w CCL opens South Coast Office in Beaufort. w Nancy Vinson becomes CCL's first full-time Water Quality Director. w CCL calls for strengthening state’s septic system regulations to prevent contamination of groundwater.

1993 w CCL halts extension of docks over state shellfish beds. w CCL launches effort to reform state transportation policy. w CCL forces important reforms to the Development Agreement Act. w CCL works with gubernatorial candidates to advocate for statewide growth management.

w CCL hires Sam Passmore as its first full-time Land Use Director. w CCL, Friends of the Earth and CLEAN file suit under Clean Water Act to prevent Wolverine Brass from violating its DHEC permit. w CCL and allies defeat “Cost-Benefit” legislation that would have threatened state environmental and land use regulations.

1995 w CCL leads state opposition to amendments weakening the Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. w CCL begins battle to strengthen 1996 S.C.’s factory hog farming laws. w CCL and citizen advocates convince w CCL launches campaign to beat S.C. General Assembly to pass the Swine back harmful Takings legislation Bill – comprising the toughest factory that would threaten rights of hog farming regulations in the nation. local jurisdictions to zone and w At the urging of CCL and state plan for growth. resource agencies, DOT establishes a Wetlands Mitigation Fund. w CCL co-sponsors Eastern States Conference on Creating More Livable Communities.

1997 w CCL and partners successfully lobby Congress to include federal tax incentives for conservation easement donors. w CCL provides state resource agencies with study on boat wakes and erosion. w CCL’s nomination of Cape Romain and Santee waters to Outstanding Resource Waters succeeds in upgrading area to highest protection possible.

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1998 w Beat the Burden campaign led by CCL and its conservation partners defeats most extreme Takings bill yet. w CCL assists residents in Beaufort and Charleston Counties in halting bridges to marsh islands. w I-73 is successfully rerouted to Myrtle Beach.

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2001 w CCL and key legislators strengthen factory hog farming regulations. w Two new Takings bills are introduced in the Legislature and beaten back. w CCL works with Lowcountry Open Land Trust and Cooper River landowners to preserve colonial village site of Childsbury.

2000 w CCL opens permanent, full-time Legislative Office in Columbia, with Nancy Stone-Collum as its first director. w CCL’s Greenbelt Education Project and Strom Thurmond Institute publish Urban Growth Maps that graphically reveal the threat of uncontrolled growth in S.C. w CCL helps pass S.C.’s first Conservation Easement Tax Credit Bill.

THE SECOND DECADE A Permanent Presence at the State House

1999 w CCL begins its second decade with 17 full-time staff working out of offices in Georgetown, Beaufort and Charleston. w Beaufort County passes Zoning Ordinance with help from CCL and launches state’s first Purchase of Development Rights program. w CCL works with legislators to successfully restore stronger water quality standards for state’s rivers, creeks, estuaries and lakes.

w CCL establishes online Activist Network. w Culminating a five-year effort, S.C. Conservation Bank Act is signed into law by Governor Jim Hodges. w CCL and citizen activists successfully mitigate changes to the Beachfront Management Act affecting highly eroding beaches.

2003 w CCL begins campaign for DOT transportation policy reform. w CCL works with Governor’s Office and Department of Education to pass Neighborhood Schools Act. w S.C. Land Use Dispute Resolution Act passes, providing reasonable measures to resolve zoning conflicts between landowners and local governments.

2004 2005 w After more than a decade, CCL and its allies persuade Legislature to expand state Grand Jury powers to investigate environmental crimes. w CCL works with lawmakers to prevent passage of Billboard Protection Act. w CCL works with advisory committee to draft landmark regulations protecting marsh islands and public trust tidelands from bridging and over-development.

2006 w CCL and its conservation partners launch weekly citizen Lobby Days at the State House. w CCL and its allies successfully promote a bill to allow state Heritage Trust Program to issue bonds for land purchases. w CCL takes the lead in defeating Takings legislation for another year.

w CCL launches successful campaign to ensure full funding for Conservation Bank. w CCL and nine other conservation organizations host first Conservation Lobby Day and Legislative Breakfast. w In response to CCL research and data, Attorney General McMaster rules that OCRM cannot issue permits for bridges to marsh islands without proof of private ownership. 

2007 w DOT Reform becomes law after years of intense work on the part of CCL and its allies. w Five years in the making, the Priority Investment Act is signed into law. w CCL works with lawmakers to eliminate “river shacks” from public trust waters. w Green Buildings legislation passes.

2008 w CCL partners with electric cooperatives and utilities to enact five energy efficiency bills. w CCL begins initiative to establish a surface water withdrawal permitting program to protect the state’s riverine ecosystems. w CCL launches campaign to reform S.C.’s outdated annexation laws.

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2009 w CCL persuades General Assembly to update S.C. residential building energy code. w CCL and citizen activists pressure waste industry to accept greatly improved Determination of Need regulations on new landfill construction. w CCL works toward passage of Fair Share water bill.

Members' Corner

2nd Annual Charleston Green Fair


housands of citizens and more than 100 exhibitors participated in Charleston’s Green Fair at Marion Square on September 27th. The Green Fair was sponsored by the Charleston City Paper, the Coastal Conservation League, the City of Charleston, Lowcountry Local First and a host of other conservation-minded organizations. Local businesses shared information about their green products, services and technologies while local nonprofits offered tips about conservation, energy efficiency, local agriculture and more. The Conservation League sponsored this year’s music headliner, Jesse Colin Young – former lead singer of the Youngbloods, songwriter of the classic Sixties anthem “Get Together,” and long-time environmental advocate. Joining Young on stage were the winners of the first-ever “Music with a Message” contest, organized and sponsored by the League. Grand prize was $500 and a free session at Awendaw Green recording studio.

Jesse Colin Young (center in white shirt) and his wife, South Carolina native Connie Darden-Young (in blue on violin), perform for the Conservation League’s Music with a Message concert on September 27th.

Music with a Message winners included Corey Webb (center) and his Bodies of Magic band with Kristin Abbott (left), along with Colleen Yost (far right), a seventh-grader at Charleston School of the Arts.

(l-r) League Program Director Hamilton Davis with League member Pat Sullivan and Dr. Nicholas Rigas, Director of the Renewable Energy Focus Area of the Restoration Institute at Clemson University.

Williamsburg Party


he Chandler family recently hosted a party for Pee Dee supporters of the Conservation League on their family lands in Williamsburg County, near the town of Henry. Good food and lively conversation were shared by all on what was a beautiful fall Sunday in October.

(l-r) Nelson Chandler, Nancy Cave, Tommy Stuckey, Dana Beach and Ann Rodgers Chandler gather to celebrate the work of the Conservation League in the Pee Dee region. c o a s t al c o n s e r va t i o n l e a g u e

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Land Use 101


onservation League Executive Director Dana Beach and Land Use Director Josh Martin took their Land Use 101 show on the road this fall, presenting in Beaufort, Georgetown and Charleston. Dana began the presentation with “A Brief History of Land Use in South Carolina” and Josh followed with a modern perspective on “Rethinking Human Settlement Patterns.” The entertaining, 30-minute Power Point show features images and stories spanning centuries of human settlement.

(l-r) Worth Liipfert, Carson Twombley, Ivey Liipfert, Ashley Twombley and Kimberly Smith at Beaufort’s Land Use 101 presentation.

(l-r) Conservation League members Amy Weinmeister and Dwight Fee with guest, Kathy Besse, gather for Land Use 101 in Georgetown.

(l-r) League Land Use Director Josh Martin and Walterboro supporter Weldon Schenck.

(l-r) Nelson Chandler, Weave Whitehead, Anna Chandler and Emily Whitehead stand in front of the recently restored McFadden-Chandler House.

(l-r) Members Chris DeScherer and Amanda Honeycutt, with League Project Manager Kate Parks.

(l-r) Hollywood Mayor Jackie Heyward with Lowcountry Open Land Trust Chair Margaret Blackmer.

(l-r) Sarah McDaniel, William Chandler and Charlie Cook enjoy family and friends at the Williamsburg County party for the Conservation League.

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Members' Corner

Big Read The Coastal Conservation League and Sullivan's Island Elementary School (SIES) partnered to sponsor The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. The program, entitled "Stark Raven Mad," recognized the life of Edgar Allan Poe (who once lived on Sullivan’s Island) and the role that nature played in his work. S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and artist Leslie Pratt-Thomas led a poetry workshop with the 4th grade students at SIES. Nancy Vinson, League Water Quality Director, gave a talk on “Tidal Marshes - The Ocean's Nursery Ground," followed by poetry readings by the students.

Berkeley at Beaufort

Pictured at right are a few of the 55 members of the University of California at Berkeley Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnership touring the nature trails and property of League South Coast Office Project Manager Reed Armstrong (center in yellow shirt). The group was attending a workshop at the Penn Center on Saint Helena Island, where Reed delivered a presentation on the work of the Conservation League.

Ansel Adams Exhibit in Columbia


nsel Adams: Masterworks from the collection of the Turtle Bay Exploration Center, Redding, California opened this fall at the Columbia Museum of Art and runs through January 17th, 2010. The collection of 47 gelatin silver prints by Ansel Adams (1902 -1984) represents a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a representation of his life’s work and what he felt were his best images.

The Rising Sea, by Orrin Pilkey and Rob Young


y 2100 – in only the time it will take a child born today to grow old – the seas are projected by some experts to rise by as much as seven feet. Orrin H. Pilkey and Rob Young explain the daunting consequences of sea level rise in their new book, The Rising Sea (Island Press hardcover). For a limited time only, Island Press is offering Coastal Conservation League members a 25% discount on each purchase of The Rising Sea. Please visit www.islandpress. org/risingsea and use the discount code: 5RSEA.

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In House

Welcome New Staff

William Cogswell Joins Board

Courtenay Speir has joined the staff of the Coastal Conservation League as its new Director of Development, replacing Nancy Cregg, who is retiring after more than four years of outstanding work in membership and development. Courtenay comes to us from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, where she was Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Development. Prior to Lincoln Center, Courtenay worked for Sotheby’s Auction House and in arts management and conservation in New York. A graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in History of Art, Courtenay is currently working on a Master in Public Administration from New York University. She and her husband, Andrew, grew up in the South and are excited to return. Courtenay enjoys opera, symphonic music, ballet, travel, backpacking, running and tournament golf.

We are pleased to announce that William Cogswell, Jr. has joined the board of the Coastal Conservation League. Since 1997, William has been in the development and construction business. His background also includes work in planning, preservation, real estate equity funds, commercial brokerage, and green construction. After receiving a graduate degree from Columbia University in 2003, William formed Standard Precast Walls, LLC to complement his development efforts and to introduce a more sustainable, energy efficient building envelope to the Southeastern market. WECCO Construction, LLC was formed in early 2006 in order to complete the design-build process.   William is a native of Charleston and a graduate of the University of the South. He is actively involved with the Urban Land Institute, Historic Charleston Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.

A native of Milwaukee, Merrill McGregor became the Government Relations Coordinator for the Conservation League in October. She is sister to Christie McGregor, former director of the League’s Columbia office and now Director of Government Relations for the S.C. Nature Conservancy. Before coming to the League, Merrill served as the office manager for the Lucas Group, an executive recruiting firm in Chicago. She coordinated operations for more than 40 recruiters, providing research support on industry trends and competitive data. She also worked for the healthcare investment and consulting firm, the Dorenfest Group, managing all administrative support for the CEO and conducting research related to international health care policy. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Merrill was a volunteer in the Conservation League’s legislative office before joining the staff. She also has served as a volunteer ESL Tutor in Columbia and taught English in Quito, Ecuador.

Thank You

The Conservation League bids farewell to three dedicated trustees

George Johnston joined the Conservation League board in 2003 and he and his wife, Kathy, have been long-time advocates for local environmental causes in the Beaufort area. George also founded and administrates “Enviroexec,” a listserv that advocates for smart growth and environmental issues in Beaufort County and the surrounding region. A retired consultant to the international shipping industry, George has contributed immeasurably to his adopted Lowcountry. Mary Kennemur, a native of Columbia, S.C., has charted new ground in the professional world while never failing to give back to her community. Formerly one of nine managing directors for Merrill Lynch, she was the first woman to be named to the S.C. Retirement Systems Investment Panel. As Mary steps down from the board of the Conservation League, she assumes Chairmanship in 2010 of the board of the United Way of the Midlands. As a second-term trustee of the Conservation League, Gillian Roy fully embraced South Carolina as her adopted home. Full-time residents of Pawleys Island, Gillian and her husband, Peter, quickly became active with both environmental and social justice issues in the Lowcountry. Gillian now plans to devote more time to the Safe Families Initiative, a new nonprofit she recently founded that is dedicated to creating a Family Justice Center in Georgetown, providing services to victims of domestic violence.

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Thank You! LIVE OAK SOCIETY Contributions Received from November 1, 2008 - October 31, 2009

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. $10,000+

Anonymous (4) Penny and Bill Agnew American Rivers, Inc. Anthony and Linda Bakker Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Berry The William Bingham Foundation Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation Butler Conservation Fund, Inc. Charlotte Caldwell and Jeffrey Schutz The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Ceres Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Chitty Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Strachan Donnelley Family Charitable Lead Unitrust Vivian Donnelley Charitable Trust Mrs. Vivian Donnelley The Festoon Foundation, Inc. Dorothea and Peter Frank Nancy and Larry Fuller Laura and Steve Gates William and Mary Greve Foundation John C. Griswold Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Hale

Joanna Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Lane Mr. Hugh C. Lane, Jr. Mills Bee Lane Foundation Mr. T. Cartter Lupton II Lyndhurst Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. McShane Merck Family Fund Mertz Gilmore Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Edward Miller Mrs. Alexander Moore Mr. and Mrs. Alan A. Moses Charles Stewart Mott Foundation New Morning Foundation The Osprey Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phipps, Jr. Post and Courier Foundation V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation Jeffrey Schutz and Charlotte Caldwell Mrs. Anne Rivers Siddons and Mr. Heyward Siddons Ms. Dorothy D. Smith Libby Smith Fred and Alice Stanback, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Tenney H.L. Thompson, Jr. Family Foundation

Mr. Daniel K. Thorne Daniel K. Thorne Foundation, Inc. Gary and Mary Beth Thornhill Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Turner Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James C. Vardell III and Family WestWind Foundation Joe and Terry Williams Yawkey Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999

Anonymous (4) Mr. J. Marshall Allen Banbury Fund, Inc. John and Jane Beach Virginia and Dana Beach Henry M. Blackmer Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Margaret N. Blackmer Ms. Margaret P. Blackmer Mr. and Mrs. William C. Cleveland Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Coen The Edward Colston Foundation, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Cowgill Mr. and Mrs. Martin G. Dudley Mr. and Mrs. J. Henry Fair, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. G. Scott Fennell Mr. and Mrs. George W. Fennell James L. Ferguson Mr. and Mrs. S. Parker Gilbert Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Hagerty Mr. and Mrs. John Philip Kassebaum Linda Ketner Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Laco Lakeside Foundation Lau Associates LLC Ms. Bokara Legendre Mr. and Mrs. John E. Masaschi Mr. and Mrs. Irenee duPont May Mr. and Mrs. David Maybank, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Meier Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Mitchell, Jr. Mr. Guy Paschal Price R. and Flora A. Reid Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Klaus Said Mrs. Alexander F. Schenck Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Schenck Southern Environmental Law Center, Inc. Tara Foundation Jane Smith Turner Foundation Ms. Jane S. Turner Susan and Trenholm Walker

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 Development Director Courtenay Speir at (843) 723-9895. Anonymous (2) Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Russell and Judith Burns Charlotte Caldwell Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Coffee, Jr. Ms. Marcia Curtis Howard Drew Carol B. Ervin Mrs. Mary C. Everts Dr. Annette G. Godow Miss Florence E. Goodwin Katherine M. Huger Jane Lareau Mr. and Mrs. Jon P. Liles Dr. Thomas R. Mather Miles F. McSweeney Ellen and Mayo Read Mr. Jason A. Schall Mr. and Mrs. John J. Tecklenburg Janis Hammett-Wegman and Charles Wegman George W. Williams

$2,000 - $4,999

Anonymous (1) Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Allen Ms. Marianne H. Ball Nancy and Billy Cave Mr. and Mrs. Arnold B. Chace, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Munroe Cobey Cobey Family Fund of Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Cooper c o a s t al c o n s e r va t i o n l e a g u e


Nancy and Steve Cregg Mr. Hal Currey and Ms. Margaret Schachte Mrs. Mary C. Cutler Ms. Connie Darden-Young and Mr. Jesse Colin Young Mr. and Mrs. P. Steven Dopp Mr. and Mrs. Berry Edwards Ms. Carol B. Ervin The Hilliard Family Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. R. Glenn Hilliard James and Margaret Hoffman Holly H. Hook and Dennis A. Glaves Billie and Alan Houghton Dr. William Kee Bob and Jackie Lane Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Leath, Jr. Dr. Franklin Lee Dr. Suzanne Lindsay and Mr. Bruce Lindsay The Suzanne and Bruce Lindsay Charitable Foundation Mr. Lorcan Lucey Lucey Mortgage Corporation 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. P. O. Mead III Mr. and Mrs. James O. Mills Mrs. William Moredock The Morning Sun Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Parks Charles and Celeste Patrick Mrs. Ann Percival Ms. Cynthia Swanson Powell Mrs. Harriet McDougal Rigney Mr. John M. Rivers, Jr. John M. Rivers, Jr. Foundation, Inc. Gillian and Peter Roy Ms. Martha Jane Soltow Mr. and Mrs. T. Paul Strickler Charles and Jo Summerall Mr. Robert L. Underwood Ms. Lisa Wackenhutt Dr. Robert Ellis Welch, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wyrick, Jr. Ziff Properties Charleston Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Ziff

$1,000 - $1,999

Anonymous (5) Drs. T. Brantley and Penny Arnau Chuck and Betsy Baker Mr. and Mrs. William R. Barrett, Jr. Mrs. Ann R. Baruch Mrs. Katrina Becker Mr. L. Russell Bennett Blackbaud, Inc. Dr. Eloise Bradham and Dr. Mark George The Brumley Family Foundation Trust Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Brumley Ms. Amy Bunting Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation Bob and Cris Cain

Thank You! In my first year as a state senator, I have enjoyed working with the Coastal Conservation League on important legislation that will improve our quality of life, including the following: the surface water withdrawal bill, a moratorium on new mega-dumps, additional funding for the Conservation Land Bank, converting DHEC to a cabinet agency, promoting the new Jasper County port and reforming our state’s outdated annexation laws. – Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) Mr. Lee Schepps and Ms. Barbara Cottrell Dr. H. Del Schutte, Jr. Mr. T. Grange Simons V Mr. Matt Sloan Ms. Donna K. Smith Dorothy D. Smith Charitable Foundation Southern States Educational Foundation Inc. James Gustave Speth Fund for the Environment of the Open Space Institute, Inc. William and Shanna Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. Jan S. Suwinski Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Symington, Jr. Mr. Mark C. Tanenbaum Dr. Ann Truesdale and Mr. James Truesdale Tom Uffelman and Patty Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Greg VanDerwerker Sally Webb Ms. Barbara L. Welch Ms. Martha C. Worthy

$500 - $999

Anonymous (2) Ms. Carrie Agnew Mr. and Mrs. Conrad P. Albert Ms. Vivian D'Amato Asche Mr. and Mrs. Paul Avery Mr. and Mrs. James Bailey, Jr. Mary Ruth and William Baxter Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Beaton Mr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Beattie William M. Bird & Co., Inc. Blackwater, LLC Judge William Campbell and Ms. Susan Hilfer Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Carson, Jr. Leigh Mary W. Carter Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Carter Mr. and Mrs. T. Heyward Carter, Jr. Mrs. Ann Rodgers Chandler Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Childs Mr. and Mrs. James Coker Dr. H. Paul Cooler Mr. and Mrs. David A. Creech Mr. Malcolm M. Crosland, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. William F. Crosswell Ms. Rebecca R. Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Alvin E. Davis Mr. Chris Davis Curtis and Arianna Derrick Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Eaton Mr. and Mrs. Clarence M. Eidt, Jr. Mr. D. Reid Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ethridge III Ms. Nina M. Fair Mr. and Mrs. Peter Feldman Ms. Catherine H. Forrester

Alison and Arthur Geer Drs. Andrew Geer and Susan Moore Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Geer Ms. Melanie Gnazzo Dr. Annette G. Godow Ms. Amanda Griffith Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hagood Mr. and Mrs. D. Maybank Hagood Blair and Nancy Hahn Half-Moon Outfitters Dr. Angela Halfacre Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Hanlin Dr. Kit M. Hargrove Mrs. Charlotte McCrady Hastie Whitney and Elizabeth Hatch, via the Ayco Charitable Foundation Oliver R. Head, Jr. and Mary M. Head Gift Fund of Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. William J. Hennessy, Jr. Mr. Fred B. Herrmann Mr. Edwin Hettinger and Ms. Beverly Diamond Hilton Head Island Audubon Society Mr. William L. Hiott, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Adams Hodge Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hoffius Mr. J. W. F. Holliday Dr. Melanie A. Hopkins Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Horlbeck James and Page Hungerpiller Mr. Patrick Ilderton Dr. Merrill P. Irvin Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Jackson, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. George P. Johnston Ms. May Jones Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Jules Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Kammer Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Keller, Jr. Melissa and Michael Ladd Dr. and Mrs. Wood N. Lay Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Lee Chip and Coleman Legerton Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Leland Elizabeth C. Rivers Lewine Endowment Mr. and Mrs. Fulton D. Lewis Dr. and Mrs. Lanneau D. Lide Mr. and Mrs. William C. Lortz David Lyle and Anne Aaron-Lyle Dr. and Mrs. Brem Mayer Mr. and Mrs. Francis X. McCann Mr. and Mrs. James D. McGraw Mr. and Mrs. Dexter C. Mead The Nelson Mead Fund Mr. and Mrs. Roger F. Meyer Kincaid and Allison Mills Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mirsky

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Anne and Ben Moise Mr. Marty Morganello Mr. and Mrs. M. Lane Morrison Mr. and Mrs. C. Lawrence Murphy Mrs. Thomas E. Myers Mr. and Mrs. Eric H. Nelson Dr. and Mrs. Alan I. Nussbaum Mr. and Ms. Robert M. Ogden III One Cool Blow, LLC Dr. and Mrs. J. David Osguthorpe Mr. and Mrs. Coleman C. Owens Ms. Kate Parks Dr. and Mrs. B. Daniel Paysinger Mr. Bill Pendergraft and Ms. Jeanne Phillips Ms. Patricia A. Pierce Mr. Richard Rainaldi Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Ransome III Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey K. Richards Mr. and Mrs. William R. Richardson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Rosengren Mr. Richard B. Saxon Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schaller Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Scheetz, Jr. Dickie and Mary Schweers Sea Biscuit Café Dr. Sally E. Self Dr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Shealy Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Simmons, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. William M. Simpson, Jr. Mr. G. Dana Sinkler Dr. Cynthia P. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Gary C. Smith Drs. Ryan and Erin Smith Dr. and Mrs. James Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Stoothoff Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Storen Mrs. Margaretta Taylor Mr. John H. Tiencken, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Timmons Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan G. Verity Mr. G. David Waller Mr. and Mrs. Beekman Webb Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webb Dr. and Mrs. James D. Wells Dr. Tad Whiteside Mrs. Betty C. Wiggins Dr. Dara H. Wilber Ms. Walda Wildman and Mr. Mack Maguire Dr. and Mrs. George W. Williams Mr. and Mrs. John Winthrop Mr. Perry L. Wood Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Dr. Robert Young

Live Oak Society

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Cart Mr. Anthony Cecil Mr. and Mrs. James J. Chaffin, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Cross Mr. and Mrs. Wade C. Crow Mr. R. Gordon Darby Mrs. Jane Blair Bunting Darnell Mrs. Emily Darnell-Nunez Mrs. Palmer Davenport Michael and Megan Desrosiers Ms. Laura Donnelley Mr. and Mrs. F. Reed Dulany, Jr. Ms. Margaret D. Fabri Mr. H. McDonald Felder Dr. and Mrs. Philip A. Finley Rev. and Mrs. David Fort Mr. Robert W. Foster, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Freeman Mr. and Mrs. E. Stack Gately Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gephart, Jr. The Good Works Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Hawkins Holly Houghton and David Walker Mr. and Mrs. Calvert W. Huffines Robert L. Huffines, Jr. Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Robert R. Huffman Ms. Holly R. Jensen Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Kellogg Ms. Nunally Kersh and Mr. Robert Stehling Mrs. Harriet Keyserling Mrs. Dudley Knott Mrs. Hugh C. Lane Scott and Gayle Lane Mr. Roy F. Laney Dr. Diane D. Lauritsen Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Lawson Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Leak Charlie and Sally Lee The Little-Reid Conservation Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Kathie Livingston Mrs. Walden E. Lown Mike and JoAnne Marcell Mrs. Frank M. McClain Mr. John L. McCormick Ms. Jamie Young McCulloch Mr. and Mrs. Barclay McFadden III Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McGee Ms. Martha Morgan Russell E. and Elizabeth W. Morgan Foundation Mr. Hugh Comer Morrison Nature Adventures Outfitters, Inc. Mr. P. Sherrill Neff and Ms. Alicia Felton Mrs. Elizabeth B. O'Connor Ms. Elizabeth F. Orser Dr. Robert Payne and Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas Mrs. Joan C. Pittman Plantation Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Prevost Mrs. Charles D. Ravenel Mr. and Mrs. S. Kim Reed Dr. Georgia C. Roane David W. and Susan G. Robinson Foundation Mrs. David Robinson Mr. and Mrs. James B. Rothnie, Jr. Rothnie Family Fund of Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Bob Rymer and Catherine Anne Walsh

Thank You! NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERSHIPS August 1, 2009 – October 31, 2009


Mr. and Mrs. John Trinkl Waste Management Employees' Better Government Fund Mr. and Mrs. John Waters Mr. David Whitten Mr. and Mrs. D. Mark Wilson

ADVOCATE ($250 - $499)

CONTRIBUTOR ($100 - $249)

Anonymous (1) Mr. and Mrs. William J. Chandler, Jr. Beau and Kristen Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Richards C. Lewis, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William M. Matthew Mrs. Noel C. Young Anonymous (2) Mr. Rhett S. Bickley Elizabeth Calvin Bonner Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Brand II Ms. Ruthann Burgess Mr. R. R. M. Carpenter

Mr. John Hartz and Ms. Susan Grey Ms. Molli M. Hartzog Mrs. Eaddy W. Hayes Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Hester Mr. John R. Hope Mrs. Vera C. Hyman Mr. George Ivey Beau and Kristen Johnson Dr. Elizabeth G. Joiner Mrs. Lisa Jones-Turansky Mr. Chris Kouri Ms. Nancy M. Kreml Miss Gretta Kruesi The Honorable Phil P. Leventis Mr. and Mrs. Martin E. Lybecker Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mathisen Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maybank Mr. and Mrs. C. A. McArthur Mr. Mark McConnel and Mr. Darryl Phillips Col. and Mrs. Thomas G. McCunniff Ms. Eileen Mary McGuffie Mr. and Mrs. John F. McIlwain Dr. Phoebe A. McLeod Capt. and Mrs. William L. Miles George W. Miller Mr. Warren Moise Mr. Rick C. Montague Mr. and Mrs. Jack Muench Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Mullin, Jr. Malcolm and Priscilla Munson Mr. Vance Nesmith Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Palmer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William F. Pennebaker Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Penniman IV V. Adm. Douglas C. Plate Mr. John T. Poole Mr. Jerry Poore Mr. and Mrs. George B. Post, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Jan H. Postma, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Pulliam Mr. John L. Quigley, Jr. Mrs. E.H. Rakestraw Mr. Frank W. Rambo Ms. Cheryl Randall Terry and Maria Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Rivers, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Schmitt, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Harry E. Shealy, Jr. Harriet and Dick Smartt Mr. David S. Spell Mr. Thomas Stuckey Ms. Jennie G. Summerall Mrs. Tonnia K. Switzer-Smalls Mr. Jesse H. Tate Drs. George and Carol Tempel Louis and Jane Theiling Mr. and Mrs. William H. Thomas, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Thorpe, Jr. Mr. Jonathan D. Tillotson Joan and Martin Ustin Dr. and Mrs. H. Oliver Williamson Ms. Caitlin M. Winans Ms. Elizabeth J. Witham Ms. Laura S. Witham Ms. Patricia Wolman Mrs. Amelia K. Wood Mr. J. Givens Young

Anonymous (1) Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McDowell Ball Mrs. Mary L. Ballou Bo and Mickey Barry Mr. and Mrs. Chris Barton Dr. R. Randy Basinger Mr. and Mrs. William D. Baughman

As a Midlands legislator, I continue to look to the Conservation League as an objective resource on coastal and environmental issues as we strive for sustainable coastal development. – Representative Joan Brady (R-Richland) Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Corning Senator and Mrs. John E. Courson Mr. and Mrs. James K. Dias Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Drummond Mr. William Ellison, Jr. Ms. Michel Faliero Mr. Danny Forsberg Mr. and Mrs. Kinney Gause Mr. Andrew Geer Mr. and Mrs. James T. Gettys III Mr. and Mrs. Steven S. Gilbert Ben and Penn Hagood Mr. Richard F. Hendry Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Howe Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hurt Thomas D. W. Hutto Mrs. Peggy Hendricks Jones Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Jones Nora Kravec and Charles Cyr Dr. and Mrs. Markus Kruesi Jonathan Lamb Mr. and Mrs. Jon P. Liles Gordon and Catherine Locatis Timothy J. Lyons, M.D. Ms. Karen E. McCormick, Esq. Mr. and Mrs. John P. Miller Mr. and Mrs. John T. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Murphy Dudley and Ann Myers Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Nolan Ms. Sis Nunnally Roy Owen and Sue McClinton Lydia Engelhardt, M.D. and Bill Rambo, M.D. Mr. Frank W. Rambo Mr. Legrand A. Rouse II Dr. James G. Simpson Mr. and Mrs. Huger Sinkler II Ms. Judith C. Sterrett Drs. Christine and C. Murry Thompson, Jr.

Mr. Peter Baumann Ms. Jacqueline J. Bayless Bill and Ellen Bell Mr. Joseph P. Bennett Mr. Charles J. Bethea Mr. and Mrs. Milton L. Boykin Dr. Eloise A. Bradham Mr. and Mrs. Kyle S. Braxton Marilyn and Howard Brilliant Ms. Brenda Burbage Mr. and Mrs. Hardwick H. Burr Ms. Barbara H. Burwell Mr. Herbert J. Butler Ms. Paula W. Byers Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Cable, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Carter III Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Chandler Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Chase Mr. and Mrs. David Clark James C. Cochrane Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Cohen Dr. and Mrs. L. Bradford Courtney Mrs. Nadine Darby Mr. John G. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Dodds Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Drew III Mr. and Mrs. Stuart A. Feldman Mr. Roger Finlay Mr. Michael Gardner Mr. J. Lee Gastley Ms. Elizabeth B. Glazebrook Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gowin Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Greenstein Mrs. Nancy Griffiths Jim and Kay Gross Guerrilla Cuisine Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Hadley Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Hagy Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Harrell

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SUPPORTER ($50 - $99)

Ms. Libby Anderson and Mr. Paul Nurnberg Billie J. Black Ms. Margaret Bobo Jan Brewton Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Bridgman Mrs. and Mr. Carley Brown Drs. Marion L. Brown and Marilyn Mumford Mr. and Mrs. John A. Brubaker Mr. Joseph W. Cabaniss Mr. Elwyn Cahaly Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Cale Mr. and Mrs. A Crawford Clarkson, Jr. Mr. James T. Collins Mr. Mark Comer Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Crutchfield Dr. and Mrs. George B. Del Porto Ms. June N. Derrick Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Doty III Mr. Randell Ewing Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Fishburn Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Grady, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Gravil Mr. Robert Gurley Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Hall Mr. and Mrs. J. William Haltiwanger Mrs. Dorinda Q. Harmon Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Hartnett Ms. Connie Haskell Mr. and Mrs. Marc Hehn Mr. and Mrs. Alex G. Henderson Ms. Marilyn M. Henderson Col. and Mrs. Perry A. Hudel Mrs. Derial C. Jackson Dr. and Mrs. W. Scott James James J. Jowers, Jr. Mr. Kevin Kelly Ms. Joan Kinne Mr. Ralph C. Ksenzak Mrs. Anna S. Lacher Ms. Bobbie H. Lawson Mr. James Lawton and Ms. Yvonne Leonard Mr. and Mrs. James G. Leffel Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lehnhoff Dr. I. Grier Linton, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Irving M. Lustig Mr. Frederick F. Masad Mrs. Robert Matthew Mr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Maxwell Mrs. Audrey C. McBratney Mr. Curtis McCall, Jr. Frances McClary Dr. and Mrs. Kelly T. McKee Mrs. Julie C. McLaughlin Mrs. Dorothy L. Mosior Mr. and Mrs. William H. Naylor Mr. Michael Norris Geno and Mel Olmi Mr. and Mrs. George Owen Mrs. Anne V. Padgett Mr. and Mrs. Stanley L. Pauls Dr. and Mrs. Keith C. Player Mr. and Mrs. Theodore H. Reading II Mr. Wayne Richard Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Rigler Dr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rosen

Thank You! Ms. Virginia Rosenberg Dr. James D. Scurry Mr. and Mrs. Bruce E. Skidmore Mr. and Mrs. Eric E. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Smith Mrs. Miriam Smith Mrs. Tonnia K. Switzer-Smalls Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Thomas Mrs. Barbara W. Titus John and Kay Townsend Ms. Sally Tuten and Mr. Y. S. Linder Mrs. Joan Vander Arend Dr. Luis Viamonte Mr. Kurt Wagner Mrs. Laurie Waldrop Mr. and Mrs. Jason Watkins Mr. B. L. Watson Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Weir Mr. Samuel C. Welsh Mrs. Suzie H. Williams Ms. Marian C. Winner Mr. and Mrs. West P. Woodbridge, Jr.

REGULAR ($30 - $49) Mr. Bennett R. Baxley Mr. John H. Boineau


The Carriage House at Litchfield Anne Rodgers Chandler Coastal Expeditions Ft. Moultrie Fuzzco, Inc. Teri Lynn Herbert Honor Marks The Park House in Habersham William-Aiken House Jesse Colin Young Band


Central Carolina Community Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Lawson Escrow Fund Robert W. Foster Charitable Escrow Fund Coastal Community Foundation Anonymous Fund Molly Hudson Ball Fund William M. Bird & Co. Endowment Colbert Family Fund Houghton Fund Ketner Fund for Social Justice Elizabeth C. Rivers Lewine Endowment The Millbrook Fund Joanne and Alan Moses Fund Fred E. Pittman Fund I. Mayo and Posey Read Fund SC Green Fund

Marnette Bowen Mr. Doran A. Bramlett Mr. Gerrald O. Branton Ms. Evelyn C. Caldwell Dr. William E. Carson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Claypool Mrs. Richard D. Coonen Mrs. Elaine Cooper Mrs. Jeannette M. Cooper Ms. Rosemary A. Corley Dr. James R. Edinger Mrs. Luanne H. Elliott Dr. Frances L. Elmore Ms. Mary Fetscher Mrs. Jaquelin P. Fleet Mr. D. Michael Foley Dr. and Mrs. James Forrester Mrs. Amie Gitter Dr. Morris F. Gitter Mr. Brian Grabbatin Cmdr. Susan H. Hancock Mrs. Jennifer Harlan Mrs. Lisa Hartzog Ms. Hannah B. Heyward Mr. and Mrs. Brian R. Hill Drs. Louis and Christine Huzella

Ms. Marsha B. Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Anthony P. Keinath Mr. and Mrs. Bill Krucke D. H. Robinson, M.D. and J. W. Lawther, Ph.D Mr. and Mrs. Richards C. Lewis, Jr. Ms. Patricia O. Lowry Mrs. Letitia Galbraith Machado Mr. Randal G. McClure Mrs. Suzanne G. McIntyre Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Meyerson Mr. Robert B. Miller Laura E. Moses Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. O'Neal Mr. William Y. W. Ripley Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Schwenzfeier Dr. Daniel Silver Ms. Lillian Ann H. Smith Mrs. Olivia J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. William D. Smyth Mr. and Mrs. James F. Snyder Mrs. John M. Spence Mr. and Mrs. Dean O. Trytten Dr. Bruce Waldman Mr. William P. Weber Mr. Shemuel Ben Yisrael

STUDENT ($15 - $29)

In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth V. Lovelace Mrs. Helen Alexander Virginia and Dana Beach Adelaide Silver Crocker Francina L. Crocker Gary and Kelly Davis Mr. D’Arcy C. Fasulo Mr. Robert W. Foster, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Good Mr. and Mrs. L. Marion Gressette III Mrs. Arthur A. Madden Ms. Madge G. Major Mrs. Caroline Marchant Mr. and Mrs. C. Whitaker Moore Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Palmer, Jr. Palmetto Retina Center Dr. and Mrs. Edmund R. Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Ambrose G. Updegraff

Mr. Colin O’Neil Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Stevenson

In Celebration of Mr. Sean McNally and Ms. Katherine Knight Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bridgeforth Mrs. Georgene Clower Mr. and Mrs. James B. LeVan Mr. and Mrs. Ed McCorkle Mr. John O’Donnell

In Memory of Ms. Kate Waring Ms. Sandra J. Senn

Mr. John F. Atkinson Jonathan and Marty Bonds Mr. Steven Cook Ms. Marianne C. Daleske Ms. Carol Tanner Dotterer Mr. and Mrs. Eric K. Engdahl Ms. Guinn Garrett Victoria Hanham-Gross Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Hoenck Mr. Sean Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leahy Miller Marshall Ms. Shelley McGeorge, Ph.D. Mrs. Mary Lang G. Olson Mr. Aaron Petty Mrs. Katheryne Trammell Mr. Karl A. Williams, Jr.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Alexander and Laurinda Schenck Fund Foundation for the Carolinas Fred and Alice Stanback, Jr. New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Paul and Mary Avery Charitable Fund The New York Community Trust The Barns Fund The Bohemia Fund Feldman Family Fund

Dana Beach

Pasadena Community Foundation Gay S. Huffman Fund The Pittsburgh Foundation F.E. Agnew Family Fund


The Pew Charitable Trusts The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts The Williams Companies, Inc.

GIFTS OF MEMBERSHIP Mr. J. Marshall Allen for Mr. and Mrs. James J. Allen Mr. Kyle S. Braxton for Mr. Vaughn G. Braxton


Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc. Jay and Jennifer Mills Fund

In Honor of Luca Desrosiers and Kellen Desrosiers Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wehman, Jr.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc. Berry and Ruthie Edwards Giving Back Fund Martha C. Worthy Charitable Fund

In Honor of Jean B. Everett Manning Council of Garden Clubs

c o a s t al c o n s e r va t i o n l e a g u e


In Memory of the Honorable Wyatt T. Saunders Mr. and Mrs. Langdon D. Long In Memory of Mrs. Alice Anne S. Scarborough Mrs. Janice O. Bristow, Jr. Ms. Julia A. Bristow Mr. Melvin Creighton and Mrs. Karen Thompson-Creighton Mr. Hugh Jeffers and Ms. Anna Lee Turner Mr. and Mrs. William G. Pritchard, Jr. Dr. Kimberly Pugh Mr. and Mrs. George A. Ragland Mr. Albert B. Somers

P.O. Box 1765

Charleston, SC 29402-1765

For more information about the Coastal

State House Calendar

Conservation League, check out our Web site

Tuesday, Jan. 12th Official start of the 2010 Legislative Session of the 118th S.C. General Assembly


Wednesday, Jan. 13th “Conversations with Conservationists,” hosted by Sen. John Courson Tuesday, Jan. 26th Lobby Team Tuesdays begin Tuesday, May 4th 7th Annual Conservation Lobby Day. Contact the League’s Government Relations Coordinator Merrill McGregor at 803-771-7102 or for more information about times, meeting places, and transportation to and from Columbia.


20 Years

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.

Get Connected Become an Activist

During the 2010 Legislative Session, you can practice activism from the State House lobby (or from your living room) in the following ways: Lobby Team Tuesdays Lobby teams are now even bigger and better in this, our fifth year of assisting concerned citizens in engaging their legislators on conservation issues. Come to Columbia on any Tuesday that fits your schedule and we will guide you through a day at the State House. You can observe a legislative session in action, speak to representatives and senators, attend hearings and help reinforce the message of our conservation agenda.

you’re connected. The Web site can also identify your particular representatives, up-to-date information on specific bills and legislation, and in a few easy steps, how to email a lawmaker about a particular issue of concern to you. And don’t forget to join our email “Hot List” for weekly updates on legislation and what’s happening at the State House. For more information, log on to or call Patrick Moore or Merrill McGregor in the Conservation League’s legislative office at 803-771-7102.

7th Annual Conservation Lobby Day On Wednesday, April 28th, hundreds of conservationists from around the state will gather at the State House to meet their representatives and together promote a clean and healthy South Carolina. That evening after a day of lobbying, we enjoy an old fashioned oyster roast and lively conversation with legislative guests and the conservation community.

Join our Activist Network Log on to and sign up for our Activist Network. All it takes is an email address and

Cover Artist: After paying his dues as a newspaper photographer for several years, Sam Holland went out on his own to become a still photographer for film productions and other commercial ventures. A resident of Columbia, S.C., he has served as the official photographer for the S.C. House of Representatives for the last decade and has established an extensive library of images of South Carolina. To learn more about Sam and to view his stunning portfolio, visit his Web site at

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