Volume 18 No.4
A water moccasin moves through the Francis Beidler Forest (see page 3). Annexation Reform
A Greenbelt Grows
Saving Georgetown County
Taxpayer Protection Act
From the Director
The Greening of South Carolina
I The good news is that coastal communities are ripe for better growth and more conservation. The challenge is that we now have to deliver that in a form that will ultimately be realized in the settlement patterns and protected landscapes that emerge over the next twenty years.
n September, the Coastal Conservation League turned eighteen (perhaps significantly, the legal voting age). For most of our existence, we have struggled to convince city and county officials, members of the General Assembly and other South Carolina decision makers of the importance of conservation and smart growth. The last few years have seen a tectonic shift in the political landscape. The public is more engaged and concerned than ever about growth. Local elections are often decided over the candidates’ stand on development. Beaufort, Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties have all thrown out incumbents or rejected candidates who were viewed as weak on growth management. Instead, they elected members who professed a commitment to better planning and conservation. The same is occurring at the state level. Many factors have contributed to conservation’s dominance in the political arena, including the dramatic loss of rural land, spiraling traffic congestion, overcrowded schools, and other manifestations of poorly planned growth. But there is no doubt that the Conservation League and our members have played a major role in changing public understanding and involvement on this issue. The good news is that coastal communities are ripe for better growth and more conservation. The challenge is that we now have to deliver that in a form that will ultimately be realized in the settlement patterns and protected landscapes that emerge over the next twenty years. That means helping to initiate, facilitate, and, in some cases, pay for the public planning processes, ordinance drafting, economic assessments, and other civic and statutory nuts and bolts that will build the landscape of tomorrow. The next decade will in many ways be more difficult than the last. It will be challenging to remain focused on the larger goals while debating the details of controversial measures. There is considerable risk in embracing the wrong growth management mechanisms, or drafting the right ones incorrectly. Growth moratoria, building caps, adequate public facilities ordinances all have merit in some circumstances, but they are complex and can have unintended consequences. I am optimistic that the same persistence and creativity that got us to this point of public understanding will allow us to overcome the challenges of implementation. It’s an awesome responsibility, but it’s one we have sought for two decades and, with your participation, one we are well prepared to address in the future.
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Leveraging Wetland Protection Vought Mitigation Deal Protects Significant Wetlands Acreage at Four Holes Swamp and the Ashley River Tom Blagden
“The protected wetlands acreage is not only significant, but most importantly, it’s in the best locations.
-Nancy Vinson, Conservation League Program Director
t all started three years ago when Vought Aircraft Industries applied for a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to fill approximately 38 acres of wetlands. The wetland alteration would be necessary to construct an aircraft manufacturing facility next door to the Charleston International Airport. In order to secure the permit, Vought was required to compensate for the impacted wetlands. This is normally accomplished by paying into an existing, offsite wetland mitigation bank. Instead, project attorney John Hodge worked with Nancy Vinson of the Conservation League to come up with a better idea that would protect more wetlands. The mitigation funds would be used to leverage wetland protection and create a process where the biggest and best projects would compete for funding. The S.C. Department of Commerce, as part of its incentives package to Vought, made $4.75 million available for the mitigation. After convincing state and federal agency staff to consider this new approach to mitigation, a nonprofit board was created to handle the funds, review proposals for land purchases and conservation easements, and decide on the best use of the money.
Ancient Splendor – Francis Beidler Forest is home to the largest and oldest stand of bald cypress and tupelo gum trees in the world. Thus the Ashley/Cooper Rivers Environmental Trust (ACRET) was created and has been hailed as a model for leveraging wetland mitigation funds. Its membership included representatives of conservation organizations and natural resource agencies who could identify tracts of significant conservation value to the region. Here’s what ACRET accomplished:
• Ashley River Historic Plantation District – funding toward the purchase
of 3,100 acres of conservation lands at Poplar Grove and 2,000 acres at Millbrook Plantation (half of which are wetland acres), all within the historic plantation district; and
• Francis Beidler Forest at Four Holes Swamp – purchase of a 400-acre
MeadWestvaco tract (including 158 acres of wetlands), and purchase of a conservation easement on a 609-acre privately owned parcel containing 433 acres of wetlands. Both parcels are adjacent to the Audubon sanctuary. In essence, ACRET was able to direct the Vought mitigation monies to two critical watersheds in the Tri-County region with an already well established land protection focus – the Ashley River and Four Holes Swamp. Adds Nancy Vinson, “The beauty of the Vought mitigation deal is that it builds on an already emerging greenbelt around Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, which can help to stem the tide of sprawl.”
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Annexation Binge Bad for South Carolina Attorney General Weighs In
Downtown Yemassee Some residents question whether a gated community of up to 1,300 upscale homes will benefit Yemassee’s current population of 850.
t’s happening all across South Carolina. A landowner feels constrained by zoning laws that govern his property, so he petitions to annex into a nearby municipality with weaker regulations, thus evading current zoning law and thwarting a community’s effort to plan for growth. Binden Plantation in Beaufort County may be the most egregious example of this trend. Located more than two miles from the closest boundary with the Town of Yemassee, the 1,300-acre tract was zoned under Beaufort County regulations for approximately 330 houses. Not satisfied with this number, Binden’s owners sought annexation into the Town of Yemassee to take advantage of its less restrictive zoning standards.
Contiguity But there was one problem. How would they establish contiguity – a requirement for annexation – when the nearest Yemassee border was more than two miles away from Binden? Under state law, parcels to be annexed must be adjacent to the municipality and share a continuous border or be separated only by a road, waterway, easement, railroad track, marshland or utility line. Yemassee’s creative answer was to establish “contiguity” with Binden by annexing a 2-mile long, 20-foot wide “corridor” from the Yemassee line all the way to the edge of Binden. With the creation of this artificial corridor, the Town Council approved the annexation of Binden and subsequently approved a development plan for a gated community of up to 1,300 upscale homes and 450,000 square feet of commercial space, all on about 950 upland acres of the parcel. By stretching the definition of contiguity, unscrupulous developers and willing municipalities thwart efforts at responsible planning for growth. Annexations like Binden – where property is rezoned for inappropriate densities and land uses, and services must be extended to remote areas far beyond the existing capacity of the town – can result in runaway sprawl, higher taxes to cover new and expanded services, and significantly diminished quality of life for existing residents.
Standing A gated community of up to 1,300 upscale homes would more than double the existing population of Yemassee, currently 850 citizens. But when one Yemassee resident joined with the Coastal Conservation League to file a legal appeal contesting the annexation, their lawsuit was challenged by the Binden owners who claimed that neither the resident nor the Conservation League had the right – or the legal “standing” – to contest Yemassee’s decision. In order to annex a property, a municipality must have permission from at least 75% of the parcel’s landowners. In such a case, any resident of that municipality can file suit challenging the annexation. If 100% of the parcel’s landowners agree to the annexation, however (in this case, Binden Plantation LLC claims it is the only landowner), standing to challenge the annexation is less clearly defined. The owners claimed to annex portions of Highway 17 and had the audacity to annex public marshland, which is held in trust for the public by the State of South Carolina. Fortunately, the state has stepped in and asserted ownership over the land, meaning the annexation is invalid because 100% of landowners being annexed did not consent. c oa s ta l c o n s e rvat i o n l e ag u e
Annexation Reform Town of Yemassee
existing townships by stretching resources too thin and too far afield. Beaufort County is facing an almost one-billion-dollar tax shortfall over the next 20 years. We simply can’t afford to let Yemassee and the Binden owners externalize the costs of this development on the existing county residents. Such illconceived, irresponsible infrastructure extensions not only put communities at risk, they can also inflict enormous harm to our environment and rural landscape.
Town of Yemassee
Binden Development Would More Than Double Yemassee – Developers seek to evade county zoning by annexing into the Town of Yemassee and creating a 20-foot wide, 2-mile long artificial corridor between Binden Plantation and the town.
Mark Plowden, a spokesman for S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, says that the Attorney General considers the Binden annexation illegal and “bordering on the absurd.” Consequently, the Attorney General has filed a motion to intervene as the “real party in interest” – a legal action allowing the Attorney General to assert standing in any litigation that affects the public interest. The issue of standing is as critical as that of contiguity when it comes to annexation. Currently, the State of South Carolina does not guarantee standing to neighboring property owners, nor to any government entity that will be forced to provide services to the annexed property, nor to public interest groups like the Coastal Conservation League.
Services and Taxes Further circumventing Beaufort County’s Comprehensive Plan, the Binden owners and the Town of Yemassee entered into an agreement with the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) to provide sewer to the new development. In order to do so, BJWSA would have to put sewer lines in unincorporated Beaufort County, requiring an amendment of the Low Country Council of Governments water services plan under Section 208 of the Clean Water Act. Why question extending sewer and other services to remote areas far from existing infrastructure? It’s the ultimate drain on a government's tax base, threatening the health and solvency of
Moreover, the current state of our annexation laws allows predatory developers to force poor rural residents off their land at relatively low prices so the land can be annexed and flipped for a huge return. In the heart of the Binden Development lie 31 acres owned by the heirs of Frank C. Johnson. Frank Johnson was a slave who acquired the land after the Civil War when most of the plantation owners had fled Union-occupied Beaufort. The Binden owners bought a small interest in the property and attempted to force a sale at well below market value. Fortunately, with help from the Conservation League, the family was able to fend off the sale and is organizing to fight for the legacy of their ancestors.
Annexation Reform In the Works Special Laws Subcommittee Considers “Taxpayer Protection Act” Inappropriate and harmful annexations have caused growth to outpace infrastructure in many regions of our state, burdening taxpayers and hindering local and regional planning efforts. The Conservation League is seeking review and reform of our outdated annexation laws to improve the efficiency of local governments and protect taxpayers from undue burden. Working with the House Special Laws Subcommittee, the League supports amending the S.C. Annexation Code to facilitate annexations where appropriate and to enable greater public scrutiny of municipal annexations involving remote parcels of land. Five specific amendments, bundled into the “Taxpayer Protection Act,” would redefine standing to ensure that parties affected by annexations have the ability to contest questionable annexation proposals; improve public notice requirements regarding annexation proposals; require annexations to be consistent with county land use plans, and require municipalities to provide a plan of services to the public to ensure that annexing municipalities will be able to support the extension of new services.
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A Greenbelt Grows And with it, the potential for curbing sprawl
Have you noticed that a greenbelt has been taking shape around metropolitan Charleston lately? Its foundation was actually built over many years, beginning with federal funding in the 1930s to establish
led to the permanent protection of 150,000 acres in the ACE Basin. And more recently, a similar public/ private partnership has resulted in the preservation of 30,000 acres within the Ashley River Plantation District to the west. The greenbelt really started to expand when both public and private monies began to be used not only for outright purchase of property, but also for purchase of development rights and conservation easements, protecting more acreage per dollar without incurring the burdens of ownership. These acquisitions have since been bolstered by or leveraged with private conservation development and public
The Ashley River. the 250,000-acre Francis Marion National Forest to the north, and decades later, the creation of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge nearby. In the 1990s, public and private initiatives south of Charleston
planning initiatives in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties, aimed at further preserving the natural and historic resources of the Tri-county area through appropriate land use and zoning.
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The results, as the following map and stories illustrate, are nothing short of remarkable, given the enormous development pressures facing the region. As the greenbelt grows and provides a natural buffer between the urban and rural landscapes, it also serves as a growth boundary, fostering healthy towns and cities inside “the belt,” while beyond “the belt,” safeguarding a viable countryside.
Charleston County Greenbelt Bank It was in November of 2004 that Charleston County residents voted to approve a half-cent sales tax, a portion of which would be dedicated to parks and green space. Three years later, County Council has approved two rounds of acquisitions by the Greenbelt Bank Board that, along with purchases by the County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Urban Grants Board, add up to some 8,000 acres of parks and protected lands at a cost of approximately $4.6 million. Composed of stakeholders from across the county, the Greenbelt Bank Board carefully reviewed numerous worthy applications. The approved acquisitions include land open to the public in both the ACE Basin and Francis Marion National Forest, conservation easements on more than 1,500 acres of farm and forest lands on the Sea Islands and in West Ashley, and a 212-acre city park off Bear Swamp Road that will connect to a future 1,568-acre county park. In addition, the greenbelt acquisitions protect a sweetgrass harvesting site in the East Cooper area.
Near the heart of the Francis Marion National Forest, one of the largest developable swaths of open land in the Lowcountry lay vulnerable to suburban development. Known as the Keystone Tract, more than 6,000 homes could
have been permitted on the 4,500-acre tract under Berkeley County’s “by right” zoning. After extensive negotiations between county officials, the developers, the Coastal Conservation League and other interested parties, the developers and Berkeley County Council approved a development agreement that dramatically reduces the number of homes – 880 to be exact – that can be built and requires much lower densities
and extensive buffers on lots adjacent to French Quarter Creek, the national forest, and neighboring plantation lands. Perhaps the most important concession is the agreement that sewer and water will not be extended to the property, thus further limiting the amount and type of development that can occur. Keystone lies within the 10-mile East Cooper preservation corridor that encompasses the historic East Branch
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Berkeley County Strengthens Keystone Tract Zoning
LEGEND Charleston County Greenbelt Acquisitions Federal, State, Private Protected MeadWestvaco East Edisto Property Proposed/In Progress Development Developed Keystone Tract
Beaufort, Charleston and Dorchester Greenbelt Map – As illustrated in the map above, a greenbelt of public and private conservation lands is beginning to encircle the municipalities of Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, North Charleston, and Summerville. Further enhancement of a natural greenbelt can stem the sprawl emanating from this growing metropolitan area and help keep what’s urban, “urban” and what’s country, “country.”
Greenbelts Taylor Nelson
of the Cooper River, Highways 41 and 402, and the historic communities of Cainhoy and Huger. The area contains some 212 archaeological sites and 150 historical sites as well as an abundance of natural resources. Hamilton Davis, Project Manager for the League, will continue to work with Berkeley County officials and residents to develop land use policies to protect this unique area.
Preserving East Edisto in Dorchester County
Last May, MeadWestvaco announced that 72,000 acres of its timberlands along the Edisto River between Summerville and Highway 17 in Dorchester County, called “East Edisto,” would be removed from timber production and sold. MeadWestvaco is the largest landowner on both sides of the Edisto and the prospect of its massive timber holdings succombing to suburban sprawl would have devastating implications for the Lowcountry landscape. For generations, area residents have hunted,
A yellow-bellied slider. fished, farmed and raised timber in the largely undeveloped Edisto River watershed. John Luke, CEO of MeadWestvaco, and Ken Seeger, MeadWestvaco’s President of Community Development and Land Management, recognize the environmental and political sensitivity of the area and propose to develop, with the help of the community, a “conservation driven master plan.” To that end, MeadWestvaco has hired EDAW, a nationally recognized environmental consulting firm, to solicit citizen input and engage public interest groups and conservation organizations, such as the Coastal Conservation League, in the planning process. To date, approximately 526 people have attended the first phase of public meetings, held in Ravenel/Hollywood, Ridgeville/Givhans, the Clubhouse community, Summerville, and North Charleston. Local conservation leaders have also proposed a no-development option, where East Edisto would be purchased entirely for conservation. This would require a large public commitment of funds. MeadWestvaco soon will release its preliminary master plan. The Conservation League will continue to advocate for protection of the vast majority of the property and will work with MeadWestvaco and our conservation partners to secure the most significant parcels among the corporation’s remaining 320,000 acres in South Carolina.
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South Coast High School Siting a Win for All Where we build our schools is a growth management issue
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new high school that would have dragged sprawl-inducing sewer and roads to a tiny community in the rural Sheldon township will not be built. Instead, in an agreement that is a win for all parties, the new school will be built within Beaufort County’s urban growth boundary in the northern part of the county—very likely in Seabrook, where an elementary and middle school already exist and where county infrastructure and services are currently in place. For four years, the Conservation League worked to help determine an appropriate site for a proposed high school in rural northern Beaufort County. School siting has become a
national growth issue as school districts continue to build larger and larger schools farther and farther from town services and population centers. This practice both undermines the stability of existing suburban and urban areas and becomes a de facto catalyst for unplanned growth in rural areas surrounding them. Furthermore, research suggests that children perform better in smaller, neighborhood based schools. The League opposed two sites proposed earlier by the Beaufort school district. Both were located far from most of the students to be served and were sure to spark sprawling development in areas intended to remain rural under the county's comprehensive plan.
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Mega-schools located far from existing services and far from where students live do not perform as well as smaller, neighborhood based schools.
Preserve Pinckney Point
t the juncture of the Colleton and Okatie Rivers lies one of the last undeveloped large parcels in southern Beaufort County. Owned by the Pinckney family for generations, Pinckney Point is essentially an island, connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Family members sold the property to developers last year and the waterfront parcel is now threatened by a proposed marina, which would serve as an amenity for a 76-lot gated subdivision planned for the 229-acre property. The developer is attempting to evade the more thorough analysis that a marina permit would trigger
by applying piecemeal for one community boat ramp and seven community docks, each with moorings for ten boats. In essence, a 70-slip marina. Reed Armstrong of the League’s South Coast Office, together with the Keep Chechessee Rural Alliance, helped organize public opposition at a recent hearing held by DHEC’s Office of Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). More than 250 citizens attended and the Keep Chechessee Rural Alliance presented a petition signed by more than 500 individuals who oppose the de facto marina. The Conservation League is awaiting OCRM’s decision on the permit and will keep you apprised.
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Western Georgetown County Development pressures mount in an area rich in history and natural resources
ike arteries, the Sampit, Black, Great Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers nourish Georgetown County as they wind their way down to the coast at Winyah Bay, leaving a great fertile plain in their wake. The rich lands and waters of the interior have attracted humans for millennia – the Sampit, Pee Dee, and Waccamaw Indians lending their names to the rivers, followed by French, English and Scottish settlers, as well as African slaves, all of whom left an indelible mark on the land. In the western part of the county away from the beaches and resort communities, we find the legacy of these early peoples manifested in ancient forests and hunting grounds, centuries-old canals and dikes and roadways, historic communities – such as Yauhannah, St. Paul’s, Jackson Village, Old Plantersville and Annie Village – and grand plantations. Remarkably, this legacy has continued into the 21st century, even as more and more new people have settled in the Highway 701 corridor and large timber operations have replaced traditional farms. But that could all change. With no comprehensive planning, no countywide zoning, and new development, road and sewer projects cropping up willy nilly, it is highly likely that in 30 years, western Georgetown County will seem a wholly different place than what current residents know and enjoy today. Until Georgetown County enacts meaningful safeguards to protect its rich history and healthy environment, these resources remain at tremendous risk, as evidenced by the following accounts.
Black River Threatened by Marina Proposal – A 70-boat dry stack and wet storage marina proposed at the Hwy. 701 bridge would be the first commercial development ever sited on the Black River.
Plantersville Over the last year, Georgetown County has attempted to zone the undeveloped, un-zoned timberland in the western part of the county as forest and agriculture (FA). Opening up thousands of acres to resort and residential development, FA zoning would allow one house per acre. Along with the Conservation League, more than 100 citizens from the historic Plantersville area of Georgetown County have asked County Council to delay the zoning decision due to lack of notification and disagreement with the potential one-house-peracre zoning. To date, County Council has deferred the zoning decision until it receives a revised zoning ordinance from the planning department. Subsequently, a grassroots organization, formed to oppose the FA zoning, has proposed zoning the undeveloped timberland in Plantersville at one unit per 25 acres. The organization, named the Plantersville Community Association, is made up of black and white Plantersville residents. They agree that zoning one unit per 25 acres will stabilize the area and allow current, rural land use to continue.
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Meanwhile, developers from Columbia and Myrtle Beach – Tom McTeer and Henry Beckham – have bought tracts of land in Plantersville for less than $400 per acre and are now marketing them at $30,000 per acre. In response, the League has submitted to the county planning department a map and suggested plan that recommends appropriate zoning for existing villages and communities as well as for outlying rural lands. Further fueling development in Plantersville is the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District, which is seeking grants to extend sewer into the Plantersville villages. The Conservation League is working with area residents to block the sewer expansion unless the following conditions are met: 1) the county zones the area for true rural densities, and 2) the sewer line is small and only serves the existing villages. In addition, the Conservation League is providing the villages (several of which do have some septic problems) with the opportunity to have their septic and drain fields fixed at a significantly lower cost than providing public sewer.
Crown Pointe Crown Pointe – the 5,200-acre former MeadWestvaco timber tract owned by land speculator Copper Station – has received approval for planned development (PD) zoning status from the Georgetown County Planning Commission. Copper Station’s proposal for the property
includes approximately 6,000 living units and a “big box” commercial area. There is no connectivity, no mixed use, and no walkability. The Conservation League is working with Dover Kohl, a nationally recognized planning firm, to provide Copper Station and the county with alternative designs for the tract. Even an incomplete economic analysis by Georgetown County shows county losses in the many millions of dollars if Crown Pointe is built as currently planned – a development that will be double the size of the City of Georgetown. Now that Crown Pointe has received PD zoning status approval, Copper Station intends to sell the property to multiple developers. The county will require that each developer submit his PD plans for approval, which will at least give concerned citizens the opportunity for review and comment. Indeed, public input will need to occur at each phase in order for the community to have any influence on the outcome of such a massive development.
Black River A commercial development and marina could be coming to the Black River if developers have their way. The Conservation League is working with local residents to oppose a marina proposed for a site at the Highway 701 bridge and Choppee Road by a group called Black River Sports Development. The marina supports a 5-acre planned development that includes dry stack
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storage for sixty boats, slip/wet storage for nine boats, a boating store and parking for twenty-four trailers. This would be the first commercial development on the banks of the Black River and is intended to serve as a marketing tool for several developments proposed nearby. More than 75 people came to a public meeting to voice their opposition to the marina. Georgetown County Council has deferred a decision on the proposal pending an SCDOT analysis of the traffic impacts on 701 and Choppee Road. Speeding logging trucks, automobile traffic, the bridge, and a busy intersection make for a dangerous situation. Dozens of individuals and organizations have sent letters opposing the permit, prompting the Department of Health and Environmental Control to commit to holding a public hearing soon. The community is determined to stop this marina development and the Conservation League will continue to support their efforts.
Twice the Size of Georgetown
The Crown Pointe development proposed just west of Georgetown comprises 5,200 acres of former MeadWestvaco timberlands that are largely unzoned.
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2008 Legislative Agenda The second regular session of the 117th South Carolina General Assembly will convene January 8th.
Establish Surface Water Withdrawal Permitting Program
Ron Ahle–flight provided by SouthWings
Jobs, communities, industry, recreation and productive fisheries hinge upon the delicate balance of water use both now and in the future. The effects of recent droughts and current conflicts with Georgia and North Carolina, not to mention South Carolina’s projected 30% population increase by 2030, dictate that our finite water supplies need to be properly managed for the good of all. As our state continues to grow, it is imperative that we take appropriate measures to protect the water supply and economic health of the industries and residents who are already here. In 2006, an ad hoc committee was formed at the request of Senator Wes Hayes (R-York County) to work toward consensus on a water withdrawal policy for South Carolina. The committee grew out of a bi-state commission charged with identifying a cooperative agreement for water management between North and South Carolina, two states headed for conflict over shared river resources. For more than a year, the ad hoc committee of representatives from South Carolina’s private industries, local water and sewer authorities, agricultural interests and conservation organizations met to determine a framework for regulatory oversight that would protect our river and lake habitats and foster economic growth. The surface water withdrawal legislation (S.428, H.3578) introduced in 2007 by Senator Hayes and Representative Carl Gullick (R-York County) reflects the work of this committee and is worthy of passage.
Pass Taxpayer Protection Act Inappropriate and harmful annexations have caused growth to outpace infrastructure in many regions of our state, burdening taxpayers and hindering local and regional planning efforts. The Conservation League is seeking review and reform of our outdated annexation laws to improve the efficiency of local governments and protect taxpayers from undue burden. (See full story on pages 4-5).
Enact Energy Independence Package South Carolinians use the fourth largest amount of electricity per capita in the United States and have the fourth highest electricity bills in the nation. As a result, we spend over a billion dollars annually to import energy from distant states and hostile nations. Such energy inefficiency weakens the economy and security of our state, which is why the League is seeking a package of state incentives to encourage investment in measures that save electricity and produce home-grown renewable energy. Specifically, this package would compliment legislation introduced to improve energy efficiency of the state’s schools, commercial buildings and residences, and government vehicle fleets by including additional tax incentives and/or state funding for clean energy solutions.
Water Withdrawal Pressures Mount
Recent droughts and interstate disputes over surface water rights call for South Carolina to protect our finite supply of clean, fresh water.
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Legislature 2008 January 15th – Conservation Lobby Team Back in Action!
Lobby Team Tuesdays: (Begin Jan. 15th, 11:00am – 3:30pm) Lobby teams are now even bigger and better in this, our third year of encouraging concerned citizens to engage their legislators in conservation issues. Come on any Tuesday that fits your schedule, and we will guide you through the day’s events so you can complement the work of the conservation lobbyists by observing the session, speaking to representatives and senators, attending hearings, and helping reinforce the message of our Common Agenda. Throughout the entire session individual organizations will encourage their members to attend on specific days. This year, each organization will have not one, but two Organization Lobby Days between January and May. The Conservation League’s first Lobby Day will be January 29th. Annual Conservation Lobby Day: (April 29th) The BIG lobby day; an all-day event with hundreds of conservationists from around the state and an old-fashioned oyster roast with legislative guests. Legislative Contact Teams: Organized network of volunteers who establish an ongoing dialogue with their representative or senator in targeted areas through phone calls, letters and emails. This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference if you are unable to make the trip to Columbia for Lobby Team Tuesdays. Email Action Alerts: Join our email “Hotlist” for weekly updates on legislation.
During the 2008 session, you can practice activism from the State House lobby (or even your living room) in several ways:
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Conservationists and legislators gather at the Seibels House and Garden in Columbia to celebrate another successful Lobby Day at the State House.
You don’t need to be an expert; we will brief you beforehand. All you need is a willingness to learn and a desire to bring about change.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, LOG ON AT: www.CoastalConservationLeague.org or www.ConservationVotersofSC.org
Increase Funding for Conservation Bank
Safeguard Community Rights
For the last three years, the Conservation Bank has been the most important source of funding for land conservation in South Carolina, protecting 133,743 acres of natural and historic properties across the state. Through voluntary easements and acquisitions, vulnerable natural and historic lands, family farms, wetlands, battlefields, urban greenways, river corridors and parks have been protected. Although the Bank is funded with a small percentage of the documentary stamp tax, the General Assembly determines the final budget amount ($15 million in 2007). This year, the conservation community will ask the General Assembly to increase funding for this highly successful program.
In 2003, the Property Rights Task Force crafted reasonable, compromise legislation (Act 39) to balance the rights of individual property owners and local communities’ rights to plan for growth. Act 39 passed with the support of development interests – notably the S.C. chapter of the National Association of Realtors – property rights advocates, and conservationists. However, development interests have continued to push for passage of legislation that would undermine the compromise law. The Coastal Conservation League was an active participant in the drafting of the 2003 Act and continues to support this reasonable and fair compromise.
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Henry Fair Founding Member of the Conservation League
n the day Henry Fair spoke about his love for Lowcountry land, he had just had to put his 14-yearold Boykin companion, Blue, down. He couldn’t remember when he didn’t have a dog – a Boykin, to be precise. Having dogs, hunting, being on the land are what matter most to Henry. “Land and conservation are my number one issues,” he says. “There are enough people looking after everything else. I’m an outdoor person.” Henry has been a supporter of the League since the year it began in 1989. He got to know Dana through the osmosis of living in downtown Charleston. He didn’t even know until recently that Dana’s mother was Anne Simons Dana. He had grown up with her brother Tucker Dana and his family in Columbia. He lived in Heathwood at a time when he could ride his bike all the way out to Forest Lake on a dirt
road and that’s the way he preferred it. “I’ve never known a city I liked,” he says with a grin. A perfect day for Henry Fair would be hunting whatever is in season in the morning; playing a round of golf, and then hunting again in the afternoon. On his office wall at Holcombe Fair and Lane Real Estate, hangs the velvety tail plumage of a turkey. He has hunted turkey in 12 different states. “As a young boy, no one talked about growth, pollution. Highways weren’t taking over the world,” he looks down and shakes his head. He believes that I-73 shouldn’t be built and he hopes that MeadWestvaco’s East Edisto Tract can be saved. He likes Hugh Lane’s idea about buying it up and concurs wholeheartedly with the work of the Conservation Bank to purchase and permanently protect land. “The next generation of children is going to be much stronger on these issues,” he says with conviction. He has not always agreed with the battles Dana has chosen to wage but he is quick to add, unequivocally, “We are lucky to have Dana and we are lucky to have the League.” If he could, Henry would live in the country all the time. He firmly believes that everything begins with
taking proper care of the land. He takes care of nearly 2,000 acres of land in the ACE Basin. What does being a good steward of the land mean to him? “Treat it like you don’t own it. You’re just holding it for the future and the next one down the line.” He put his land in a conservation easement years ago so it can never be subdivided, nor developed commercially or industrially. “Most people mistake what an easement is,” he says. “They think it means that outsiders can trespass or that the government owns it. The truth is – you can write an easement any way you want. You can give up all of your rights or none,” he looks up, a smile growing. “All I gave away was the right to destroy the land.”
Historic Tour of Williamsburg County
League members in front of the Witherspoon-Shuler home.
Author and judge Gordon Jenkinson welcomes League supporters to his home, the Fleming-Jenkinson House. c oa s ta l c o n s e rvat i o n l e ag u e
Members' Corner Nancy Cregg
7th Annual Island Giant Kayak Race
Sponsored by Half Moon Outfitters, the mission of the Island Giant Race is to provide a fun, safe and competitive experience for local kayakers, while raising money for the Coastal Conservation League.
Nikki Seibert (left), College of Charleston Student Chapter Coordinator for the Conservation League, accepts a check on behalf of the League from Half-Moon employee and event organizer, Amy Black.
Angel Oak Afternoon â€“ League members gathered with photographer Gary Geboy
and author Teresa Bruce for a special afternoon under the graceful branches of Angel Oak on Johnâ€™s Island.
Chaco representatives created "Save the Coast" sandals with proceeds benefiting the League.
View of Pee Dee farmland from the porch of the Witherspoon-Shuler House, home of retired judge Duane Shuler and his wife, Glenda (together by railing). c oa s ta l c o n s e rvat i o n l e ag u e
Pam Kylstre, John Radel and Brian Houston quench their thirst after the race.
Live O S Thank You!
Contributions Received from November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007
Live Oak Society $10,000+
Anonymous (2) Penny and Bill Agnew American Rivers, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison H. Augur Anthony and Linda Bakker Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation Butler Conservation Fund, Inc. Charlotte Caldwell and Jeffrey Schutz Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Ceres Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jamie W. Constance Mr. Ted Dintersmith and Ms. Elizabeth Hazard Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Strachan Donnelley Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence David Dwyer Mr. and Mrs. J. Henry Fair, Jr. The Festoon Foundation, Inc. Dorothea and Peter Frank Nancy and Larry Fuller Laura and Steve Gates Mr. and Mrs. S. Parker Gilbert Godric Foundation Mrs. Nancy D. Hawk Holly H. Hook and Dennis A. Glaves
The Coastal Conservation League works very hard to ensure that all donor names are listed correctly; however, occasional mistakes do occur. Please contact the Development Office at (843) 723-8035, ext. 1103 with any questions or corrections. Gary and Mary Beth Thornhill Jane Smith Turner Foundation Turner Foundation Mr. and Mrs. James C. Vardell III Yawkey Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Graham Mr. Hank Holliday Billie and Alan Houghton Mr. John R. Hunting Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Lane Mr. Hugh C. Lane, Jr. Mills Bee Lane Foundation Lasca and Richard Lilly Mr. T. Cartter Lupton II Lyndhurst Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Walter C. Meier Merck Family Fund Charles Stewart Mott Foundation The Osprey Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phipps, Jr. Steven and Barbara Rockefeller Rockefeller Family Fund, Inc. Gillian and Peter Roy Charlotte Caldwell and Jeffrey Schutz Mrs. Anne Rivers Siddons and Mr. Heyward Siddons Ms. Dorothy D. Smith Libby Smith Fred and Alice Stanback, Jr. Mr. Daniel K. Thorne Daniel K. Thorne Foundation
$5,000 - $9,999
Anonymous (1) John and Jane Beach Henry M. Blackmer Foundation Mrs. Margaret N. Blackmer Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Chitty Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Colbert Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Cooper III Mrs. Edith C. Crocker Mrs. Margaret M. Davis Mr. and Mrs. E. Stack Gately Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Hagerty Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Huff Mr. Richard W. Hutson, Jr. Mrs. Harriet Keyserling Mr. and Mrs. John E. Masaschi Mr. and Mrs. Irenee duPont May Mr. and Mrs. David Maybank, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James O. Mills Mrs. Alexander Moore Mr. and Mrs. David Paynter Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Tenney H.L. Thompson, Jr. Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Williams Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation
COASTAL LEGACY SOCIETY
$2,000 - $4,999
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Barrett, Jr. Mr. J. Anderson Berly III Mr. and Mrs. C. Austin Buck Mrs. Hilary Cadwallader-Philippson Nancy and Billy Cave Mr. and Mrs. James J. Chaffin, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William C. Cleveland Dr. Katherine Close Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Coen Chip and Betty Coffee Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Cowgill Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Robin Chandler Duke Mr. and Mrs. Hugh M. Eaton III Mrs. Mary C. Everts James L. Ferguson Mr. James R. Gilreath Mr. Vincent G. Graham Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gulbrandsen Half-Moon Outfitters Mr. and Mrs. R. Glenn Hilliard The Hilliard Family Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. George P. Johnston Dr. and Mrs. Todd P. Joye Ms. Nunally Kersh and Mr. Robert Stehling Linda Ketner and Beth Huntley Charlie and Sally Lee Mr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Lindsay Mr. and Mrs. John C. Maize, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Mather Mr. and Mrs. John McCormick Mr. and Mrs. Barclay McFadden III
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, Tish Lynn, at (843) 725-2065. Anonymous (1) Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation Russell and Judith Burns Charlotte Caldwell Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Coffee, Jr. Ms. Marcia Cuartis Howard Drew Carol B. Ervin Dr. Annette G. Godow Miss Florence E. Goodwin Mr. and Mrs. Jon P. Liles Dr. Thomas R. Mather Miles F. McSweeney Ellen and Mayo Read Mr. and Mrs. John J. Tecklenburg Janis Hammett-Wegman and Charles Wegman
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Mr. and Mrs. James O. Mills Mrs. Sally H. Mitchell Mr. James W. Mozley Charles and Celeste Patrick Max and Helen Philippson Foundation Mrs. Joan C. Pittman Mrs. Charles D. Ravenel Grace Jones Richardson Trust Mr. and Mrs. James H. Rion Mr. John M. Rivers, Jr. John M. Rivers, Jr. Foundation, Inc. David W. and Susan G. Robinson Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David W. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. James B. Rothnie, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schaller Mr. H. Del Schutte, Jr. Col. and Mrs. D. M. Scott, Jr. Ms. Martha Jane Soltow Mr. and Mrs. T. Paul Strickler Mr. and Mrs. Jacques S. Theriot Mr. Robert L. Underwood Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wyrick, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Loren Ziff Ziff Properties Charleston Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Ziff
$1,000 - $1,999
Anonymous (1) Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Avery Ms. Molly H. Ball Mr. Arthur L. Baron Mrs. Ann R. Baruch Edward and Adelaida Bennett Mr. L. Russell Bennett Dr. Eloise Bradham and Dr. Mark George Ms. Amy Bunting Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation Bob and Cris Cain Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Carson, Jr. Mr. Anthony Cecil Clement Crawford and Thornhill, Inc Mr. Elliott S. Close Coastal Expeditions Mr. and Mrs. James Coker Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Crawford Nancy and Steve Cregg Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Cross Mr. and Mrs. Wade C. Crow Mr. Hal Currey and Ms. Margaret Schachte Mrs. Mary C. Cutler Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Cutler, Jr. Jane Tucker Dana and David D. Aufhauser Mr. R. Gordon Darby Mrs. Jane Blair Bunting Darnell Mrs. Emily Darnell-Nunez Ms. Rebecca R. Davenport The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Michael and Megan Desrosiers Ms. Elizabeth Deyermond and Mr. Paul Zeisler Mr. and Mrs. P. Steven Dopp Mr. and Mrs. F. Reed Dulany, Jr.
Oak Society Thank You!
Southern States Educational Foundation Inc. James Gustave Speth Fund for the Environment of the Open Space Institute, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David L. Stern Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Storen Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sturgis William and Shanna Sullivan Charles and Jo Summerall Mr. and Mrs. Jan S. Suwinski Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Symington, Jr. The Brumley Family Foundation Trust Tidelands Bank Don and Rose Tomlin Ms. Martha M. Upson Mr. and Mrs. Greg Vanderwerker Susan and Trenholm Walker Mr. Ron G. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Cyril M. Wolff
$500 - $999
Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Adams, Jr. Ms. Carrie Agnew F.E. Agnew Family Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Scott H. Allen Drs. T. Brantley and Penny Arnau Ms. Vivian D'Amato Asche Chuck and Betsy Baker Mr. Leslie L. Bateson Lee Batten Mr. and Mrs. Wise H. Batten Mrs. Mary Ruth Baxter Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Beaton Mr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Beattie Mrs. Charles Becker Dr. and Mrs. William Black Blackbaud, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Blagden, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bluford Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Bonyun III Mr. Keith S. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan E. Buchan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Cable, Jr. Mr. William Campbell and Ms. Susan Hilfer Leigh Mary W. Carter Foundation Mr. Leigh Carter Mr. and Mrs. T. Heyward Carter, Jr. Dr. H. Paul Cooler The Honorable and Mrs. John E. Courson Martha Craft-Essig Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth P. Daniels Mrs. Palmer Davenport Mr. Chris Davis Curtis and Arianna Derrick Ms. Ann W. Dibble Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Dodds Mr. and Mrs. Park R. Dougherty Mr. and Mrs. Martin G. Dudley Mr. D. Reid Ellis Ms. Nina M. Fair Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Fenning Fisher Recycling Mr. Robert W. Foster, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Fretz Mr. Robert M. Gallant Alison and Arthur Geer Drs. Andrew Geer and Susan Moore Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Geer Mr. Jerome Gerson Dr. Annette G. Godow Dr. and Mrs. Gene W. Grace
Dr. Carol M. Graf Mr. and Mrs. Phil T. Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Griffith, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Roger E. Grigg Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hagood Dr. Angela Halfacre Mr. Alvin Hammer Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Happe Dr. Kit M. Hargrove Mr. and Mrs. D. George Harris Ms. Page Harris and Mr. Robert C. Pavlechko Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hart Ms. Katharine M. Hartley Mrs. Charlotte McCrady Hastie Whitney and Elizabeth Hatch Mr. and Mrs. Jim Haugh Mr. A. T. Heath III Mr. William J. Hennessy, Jr. Mr. Fred B. Herrmann Mr. Edwin Hettinger and Ms. Beverly Diamond Hilton Head Island Audubon Society Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hinson Mr. and Mrs. John Adams Hodge Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hoffius Mr. J. W. F. Holliday Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Horlbeck Mr. and Mrs. Calvert W. Huffines James and Page Hungerpiller Stephanie and Noel Hunt Mr. Leroy Hutchinson and Ms. Julia Eichelberger Ms. Mary Pope M. Hutson Mr. H. W. Igleheart Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Jackson, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. George R. Johnson Ms. May Jones Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Jones Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Kammer Mr. and Mrs. James E. Kistler Mrs. Dudley Knott Mr. Ed Kozek Melissa and Michael Ladd Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Landing Mr. Terrence C. Larimer Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Lawson Mr. and Mrs. Wood N. Lay Robert and Dione Leak Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Lee Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Leland Elizabeth C. Rivers Lewine Endowment Mr. and Mrs. Lanneau D. Lide Mr. David Lott Mrs. Walden E. Lown David Lyle and Anne Aaron-Lyle Ms. Lee Manigault Mrs. Patti Manigault Dr. G. Alex Marsh Mr. Miles H. Martschink Dr. and Mrs. Brem Mayer Rudolph and Beverly Mayer Mr. and Mrs. Francis X. McCann Mrs. Frank M. McClain Pat F. and Suzanne C. McGarity Mr. and Mrs. James D. McGraw Ms. Christie McGregor Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. McHugh Mr. and Mrs. Earl McMillen III Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mills III Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mirsky Mrs. Mary Alice Monroe and Dr. Markus Kruesi Mr. Hugh C. Morrison Mr. and Mrs. C. Lawrence Murphy
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Dudley and Ann Myers Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Norvell Norvell Real Estate Group, LLC Dr. and Mrs. Alan I. Nussbaum Mr. and Ms. Robert M. Ogden III Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Ogilvie Dr. and Mrs. J. David Osguthorpe Mrs. Heather R. Osterfeld Mr. and Mrs. Coleman C. Owens Mr. Lucas C. Padgett Dr. and Mrs. B. Daniel Paysinger Mr. John E. Perry Ms. Cynthia Powell Mr. Frank W. Rambo Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Ransome III The Honorable Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Rensberry Dr. and Mrs. James C. Reynolds Dr. Georgia C. Roane Robert L. Huffines, Jr. Foundation, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Mark H. Salley Mr. Richard B. Saxon Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Schenck P. Gren Schoch Dickie and Mary Schweers Sea Biscuit CafĂŠ Mr. Grant G. Simmons, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. William M. Simpson, Jr. Mr. G. Dana Sinkler Dr. Cynthia P. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Gary Smith Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Smythe, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. J. Richard Sosnowski Dr. and Mrs. Mark C. Stamey Col. and Mrs. Walter C. Stanton Summit Area Public Foundation The Surkin Family Charitable Fund of the Schwab Charitable Fund Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sywolski Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Terebus The Barker Welfare Foundation Mr. Landon K. Thorne III Mr. and Mrs. F. David Trickey Tom Uffelman and Patty Bennett United Way of the Piedmont Mr. and Mrs. Beekman Webb Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webb Sally Webb Dr. and Mrs. James D. Wells Ms. Sheila Wertimer and Mr. Gary Gruca Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. West Dr. William Westerkam and Ms. Kirsten Lackstrom Mr. Roger White and Dr. Deanna Jackson Dr. Dara H. Wilber Ms. Margaret A. Williams Mr. B. F. Williamson Mr. and Mrs. John Winthrop Dr. Henry P. Worrell Ms. Martha C. Worthy
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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Truxtun Emerson Ms. Margaret D. Fabri Mr. and Mrs. Peter Feldman Mr. and Mrs. G. Scott Fennell Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Fetter Dr. and Mrs. Gary E. Fink Dr. and Mrs. Philip A. Finley Mr. and Mrs. James C. Fort Rev. and Mrs. David Fort Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence T. Foster Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Freeman Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gephart, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Reginald L. Gibson Mr. and Mrs. W. Andrew Gowder, Jr. Mr. Lincoln Groom Mrs. Marjorie T. Groom Mr. and Mrs. D. Maybank Hagood Blair and Nancy Hahn Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Hale Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Harrell Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Heusel Mr. and Mrs. James H. Hoffman Mrs. Robert R. Huffman Mr. Patrick Ilderton Holly Jensen and Marty Morganello Mr. and Mrs. John Philip Kassebaum Dr. William Kee Dr. and Mrs. John J. Keyser Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Kienke Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kimball Mr. and Mrs. Eric Klein Mrs. Hugh C. Lane Bob and Jackie Lane Ms. Jane E. Lareau Mr. and Mrs. Charles Larsen Dr. Franklin Lee Kathie Livingston Mr. and Mrs. William C. Lortz David Lyle and Anne Aaron-Lyle Tish Lynn Magnolia Plantation Foundation Mike and JoAnne Marcell Mr. and Mrs. William F. Marscher II Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Marshall John F. & Susan B. McNamara Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. McShane Mr. P.O. Mead III Kincaid and Allison Mills Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Mitchell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. M. Lane Morrison Mr. and Mrs. Alan A. Moses Mr. P. Sherrill Neff and Ms. Alicia Felton Mr. John C. Oliver Ms. Elizabeth F. Orser Patagonia, Inc. Dr. Robert Payne and Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas Mr. J. Randolph Pelzer Plantation Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Prevost Robert and Rachel Prioleau Mr. and Mrs. S. Kim Reed The Little-Reid Conservation Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Price R. and Flora A. Reid Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William R. Richardson, Jr. Bob Rymer and Catherine Anne Walsh Santee Cooper SCANA Services, Inc. Mr. Lee Schepps and Ms. Barbara Cottrell Mr. and Mrs. T. Grange Simons V
Thank You! NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERSHIPS September 1, 2007 â€“ October 31, 2007
Mr. Edgar A. Bergholtz Ms. Evelyn Bowler Mr. Jack Brantley Mr. R. R. M. Carpenter Mr. Arthur K. Cates Ms. Lynn C. Chiappone Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clauhs Mr. and Mrs. James Cleary Mr. and Mrs. Jamie W. Constance Ms. Drucilla C. Copeland Dr. Joseph Corso Dr. and Mrs. F. Carl Derrick, III Ms. Rose Dixon Mr. Walter V. Duane Dr. Adolphus W. Dunn Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence David Dwyer Mr. John W. Glenn Dr. Timothy K. Gray Mr. and Mrs. John F. Green Dr. and Mrs. Harlan G. Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. Guy R. Hollister Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Kammer Dr. and Mrs. Allen P. Kaplan Mr. and Mrs. Marion A. Knox Jonathan Lamb Mr. Thomas Lipinski Mr. Ira B. Marshall, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William M. Matthew Mr. and Mrs. John P. Miller Mr. Hugh C. Morrison Mr. and Mrs. John A. Morrison Mr. Robert G. Nebergall Charles and Celeste Patrick Quattlebaum Brothers, L.L.C. Mr. Charles S. Ragsdale Mr. and Mrs. T. Smith Ragsdale III Mrs. Charles D. Ravenel Mr. Robert P. Schofield III Mr. D. Paul Sommerville Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stanton Dr. Jay H. Stokes, Jr. Drs. George and Carol Tempel Mr. Claude M. Walker Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Walker Ms. Kari R. Whitley Dr. and Mrs. John W. Wilson, Jr. Dr. Louis D. Wright, Jr.
ADVOCATE ($250 - $499)
Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Abrams Virginia and Dana Beach Mr. Joseph P. Bennett Dr. Nadia Blanchet and Dr. Kent Rollins Dr. and Mrs. William Y. Buchanan, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Hardwick H. Burr Dr. and Mrs. Eugene C. Cox Dr. and Mrs. Patrick H. Dennis, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James K. Dias Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Drummond Mr. and Mrs. Eric G. Friberg Senator Larry K. Grooms Ms. Sterling Hannah Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Howe Thomas D. W. Hutto Dr. Joseph M. Jenrette III Ms. Harriott P. Johnson Mrs. Lisa Jones-Turansky Michael Kapp and Bonnie Adams James E. & Anne B. Kistler Charitable Trust Nora Kravec and Charles Cyr Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee Mr. and Mrs. Jon P. Liles Mr. Lorcan Lucey Timothy J. Lyons, M.D. Mr. John E. F. Maybank Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. McDonald
Mr. and Mrs. John Gregg McMaster III Mr. and Mrs. Roger F. Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Michaud Mr. and Mrs. John T. Moore Cheryl and Fred Newby Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Ogle Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Parker Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Pulliam Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Sampson Ms. Elizabeth W. Settle Dr. Gerald J. Shealy Ms. Heather Spires Mr. and Mrs. Franklin H. Spivey Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Stanley, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Theodore D. Stoney, Jr. Mr. Richard Stuhr Mr. John Tarkany Mr. John M. P. Thatcher, Jr. Drs. Christine and C. Murry Thompson, Jr. Billy Want and Sharon Bennett Robertson and Priscilla Wendt Mr. and Mrs. D. Mark Wilson Mr. Perry L. Wood Dr. and Mrs. Frank J. Wyman Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Zolman
Ms. Sally L. Jobsis Dr. George T. Keller III Mr. Thomas H. Kennedy Louise O. Kohlheim Mr. and Mrs. Hobart W. Kraner Ms. Nancy M. Kreml Mr. and Mrs. James B. Lau Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Link Mr. and Mrs. Wade H. Logan III Ms. Evelyn J. Love Mr. and Mrs. David H. Lovell Mr. and Mrs. Van McCollum Ms. Jamie Young McCulloch Ms. Eileen Mary McGuffie Dianne McKenzie Mrs. Mary O. Merrick Phyllis Miller Mrs. Rebecca C. Miller Mr. Warren Moise Ms. Raney Mollycheck Mr. and Mrs. Bryan T. Moss Mr. and Mrs. John Muench Dr. and Mrs. Eric D. Myers Ms. Elizabeth Newman Mr. Dennis Nolan Ms. Susan B. Norton Ms. Sis Nunnally Lindsey Peterson Mr. Jerry Poore Mr. and Mrs. William L. Pope Mr. John L. Quigley, Jr. Mr. F. Truitt Rabun, Jr. Mrs. E.H. Rakestraw Dr. and Mrs. William M. Rambo, Jr. Ms. Cheryl Randall Mr. Frank H. Roberts, Sr. Ms. Catherine G. Rogers Ms. Virginia Rosenberg Mr. Legrand A. Rouse II Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Schmaltz Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Slocum Mr. James H. Small Starr and Phil Snead Southeastern Transcript Mr. David S. Spell Dr. Timothy Spira and Dr. Lisa Wagner Ms. Judith C. Sterrett Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart Ms. Margaretta Taylor Drs. George and Carol Tempel Louis and Jane Theiling Mr. Lyle B. Torrey, Jr. Mr. James L. Townsend, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Turkewitz Ms. Joan K. Ustin Ms. Nancy E. Vinson Mr. and Mrs. David C. Walker Oscar and Amy Weinmeister and Family Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Whittemore Mr. and Mrs. Alan D. Williams Dr. and Mrs. H. Oliver Williamson Christine McLean Winter Stephen Zoukis
CONTRIBUTOR ($100 - $249) Mr. Jon Altman Mr. Frank H. Avent Dr. and Mrs. J. Gilbert Baldwin, Jr. Mrs. Mary L. Ballou Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Barker, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William D. Baughman Mr. Peter Baumann Mr. Charles J. Bethea Dr. and Mrs. Robert P. Bland, Jr. Mr. J. Sidney Boone, Jr. Mr. Ron L. Boyce Marilyn and Howard Brilliant Ms. Lee G. Brockington Ms. Brenda Burbage Ms. Barbara H. Burwell Ms. Paula W. Byers Mr. and Mrs. Alan H. Carothers Mr. and Mrs. George B. Cartledge, Jr. Jessica C. Cecil Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Chase Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Chmelik Mr. and Mrs. David Clark Mrs. Sarah B. Clarkson Mr. Malcolm L. Clay Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Cohen Mr. Edwin H. Cooper, Jr. Mr. Gerald D. Cowart Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Dodds Mr. and Mrs. Clarke W. Dubose Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Stuart A. Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Eugene D. Foxworth III Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Gasque Mr. and Mrs. Kinney Gause Mr. and Mrs. Steven S. Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. Gordon F. Granger Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Greenberger Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Gross Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Hadley Mr. Samuel E. Harmon III Mr. and Mrs. Elliott M. Harrigan Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Hefner Dr. Joseph Heikoff Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heindel Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Hester Ms. Hannah B. Heyward Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hill Mrs. Vera C. Hyman Ms. Emily Irvin Mrs. Derial C. Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Jacobs Mrs. Lillian H. Jervey
SUPPORTER ($50 - $99)
Mr. Edwin H. Allen Mr. and Mrs. Russell M. Ball, Jr. Ms. Patricia L. Barrineau Mr. Bennett R. Baxley Mr. and Mrs. Rodney P. Brotherton Drs. Marion L. Brown and Marilyn Mumford Mrs. Alice N. Burress Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Cale Ms. Jean Caplan Mr. and Mrs. William R. Carpenter Robin Carter and Caroline Eastman Mrs. Mary S. Carven Sydney Cook Ms. Margaret A. Cromwell
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Mr. Fowler Del Porto Dr. James W. Dickerson III Dr. Dorothy A. Doniphan Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Doty III Mr. and Mrs. Russell L. Dowdy III Drayton Hall Dr. Leon M. Ember Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Alan R. Gurd Mr. and Mrs. J. William Haltiwanger Cmdr. Susan H. Hancock Ms. Mary Anna Hanke Mrs. Dorinda Q. Harmon Col. and Mrs. Perry A. Hudel Mr. and Mrs. T. Parkin Hunter Ms. Susan H. Jackson Mr. Ralph C. Ksenzak Dr. and Mrs. Lucius Laffitte, Jr. The Honorable Phil P. Leventis Robert Malone Ms. Betty Mathisen Ms. Sarah E. Mayse Mr. and Mrs. T. Hunter McEaddy Mr. and Mrs. John C. McFall Dr. Phoebe A. McLeod Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Miller, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Montagne Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Moore Ms. Rachel Morgan Eisuke and Daryll Murono Geno and Mel Olmi Mrs. Anne V. Padgett Ms. Kelly R. Polen Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Porter Ms. Suzanne C. Ravenel Mr. and Mrs. J. Cheshire Rhett Mr. and Mrs. James P. Rush Gen. and Mrs. Crosbie E. Saint Mr. and Mrs. Tom Savary Mr. and Mrs. David Sigmon Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Solomon Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan M. Stein Mrs. Beth Tisdale The Rev. Dr. George J. Tompkins III Waccamaw Audubon Society Mr. John Waddill Mr. and Mrs. George H. Walter Mrs. Nannie Von Stade Ward Mr. and Mrs. John H. Warren III Mr. and Mrs. Sam T. Watson Mr. Samuel C. Welsh Mr. Scott Whitaker Ms. Jenny Wiedower Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilhite Ms. Carol D. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Nick Williams Dr. and Mrs. Ray L. Wilson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Wisco Mr. and Mrs. West P. Woodbridge, Jr.
Thank You! REGULAR ($30 - $49)
Mr. Andrew W. Ballentine Mr. and Mrs. Jess S. Ballentine, Jr. Mr. Stevenson B. Bennett Dr. and Mrs. Charles K. Biernbaum Mr. Doran A. Bramlett Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Burkhardt Mr. Elwyn Cahaly Mrs. Elizabeth G. Caldwell Ms. Evelyn C. Caldwell Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cave Marjorie M. Coble Dr. and Mrs. Hugh V. Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Combee, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Compton Mr. Paul Cooper Ms. Rosemary A. Corley Ms. Mary Ruth Craven Anne Cyran Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dengler Mr. Ted J. Dominski Barbara J. Doyle Mr. Henry Dunbar and Mrs. Katherine Dunbar Mr. Austin Eargle Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Ewing Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Fee Mr. David Finger Dr. and Mrs. James Forrester Ms. Karen H. Gentry Elizabeth B. Glazebrook Mr. L. Sheridan Green Ms. Mary Cody Green Mr. James R. Gross Mrs. Georgia H. Hart Mr. Kevin Hart Ms. Patricia W. Hartley Ms. Erika L. Hartwig Mrs. John R. Harvin Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Hoenck Drs. Louis and Christine Huzella Dr. Alan H. Johnson Ms. Betsy A. Jukofsky Mr. and Mrs. Bill Krucke Ms. Caroline W. Lee Mr. and Mrs. Lee McBride Mr. and Mrs. Mark Messersmith Mrs. Phyllis J. Mongeon Mr. John P. Monkaitis Ben Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Morganello Laura E. Moses Mr. Alan Myers-Davis Mr. Anthony L. Pierce Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond Plourde Mr. F. E. Quinn IV Nancy M. Robbins Mr. and Mrs. Eric L. Robey Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ross Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Salisbury, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Schwenzfeier Mr. W. Arthur Smith Dr. Elva C. Stinson Col. and Mrs. Paul J. Sykes Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Thomas Dr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Tiller, Jr. Ms. Paula Urbano Mr. Art von Lehe Mrs. Susan W. Walker Deborah G. Wright
STUDENT ($15 - $29)
In Honor of Mrs. Marianne H. Rothnie’s 60th Birthday Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Gomulka
Dr. Frances E. Anderson Virginia Arthur Mrs. Marian Balcum Jonathan and Marty Bonds Ms. M. Jean Brockett Senator Raymond E. Cleary III Mrs. Dusti R. Collins Anna-Fiona Cooke Ms. Marianne C. Daleske Ms. Carol Tanner Dotterer Mr. and Mrs. Eric K. Engdahl Mr. Mike Ewan Mr. Morris P. Ferris Robin A. Gillies Miss Emily Henderson-Remington Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leahy Ms. Shelley McGeorge Mr. and Mrs. Tyre H. Moore Mrs. Joyce V. Nichols Ms. Eugenia Payne Mrs. Anna G. Pinckney Morgan Schneeberger Ms. Nicole Seibert Dr. Daniel Silver Mrs. Allyson Stewart Charles W. Stockell Mr. Thomas Videyko Mr. David Wilson
IN KIND DONATIONS
Michael Allen, National Park Service The Staff at Auldbrass Amy Black Teresa Bruce Chaco Charleston Magazine Coastal Expeditions Kim Counts Gary Geboy Gullah Cuisine Half-Moon Outfitters History Press Alice Howard Peggy and Bubber Jenkinson Joggling Board Press Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Margaret Martin Bill McCullough Scott McNair Melissa Meehan, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Glenda and Duane Shuler Joel Silver Katherine Smith South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Williamsburg Historical Museum
Central Carolina Community Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Lawson Coastal Community Foundation Amanda’s Fund William M. Bird & Co. Endowment The Colbert Family Fund Houghton Fund The Ketner Fund Harriet and Herbert Keyserling Endowment Elizabeth C. Rivers Lewine Endowment The Millbrook Fund Joan Coulter Pittman Fund Community Foundation of Greater Greenville, Inc. Jim Gilreath Family Fund
ExxonMobil Foundation The Freddie Mac Foundation
In Honor of Ms. Susan Arial’s 60th Birthday Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Gomulka In Memory of Ms. Harriet Bryant Nancy and Billy Cave In Celebration of the Birth of Luca Desrosiers Nancy and Billy Cave In Memory of Mrs. Amarinthia Henderson Mr. and Mrs. W. Roger Poston Dr. and Mrs. James R. Simmons In Honor of Dawn and Bob Hitchcock Mallary Hitchcock In Memory of Frank Moseley Mrs. Beth Tisdale In Memory of Mr. Frank Rhett, Jr. Mrs. Marguerite C. Rhett
In Memory of Louis St. Jacques Donna Talewsky In Memory of Mr. Michael F. Storen Mrs. Dorothy M. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. H. Dan Avant Mr. and Mrs. Lance Blalock Ms. Penny G. Bouvette Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Boyd Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Corley III Mr. and Mrs. Stewart C. Crisler Mr. Whit Crowley and Ms. Minetry Apperson-Crowley Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Daniell Ms. Emily M. Ferrara Alfred and Kaye Finch Picola T. Forrest Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Freiwald Ms. Sarah L. Gainey Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hanckel Ms. Robin L. Hardin Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hollings, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. R. Walter Hundley Mr. Edward D. Izard Ms. Susan J. Jackson Mr. Robert M. Kunes Mr. Fred J. Martschink III Mr. Miles H. Martschink Mr. and Mrs. Burnet R. Maybank Mr. and Mrs. David Maybank, Jr. Laura Moses Newkirk Environmental, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. A. Palmer Owings Ms. Louise Rhett Perry Mr. and Mrs. Ron C. Plunkett Mrs. Eva Ravenel Mr. Yancey W. Scarborough, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John M. Settle, Sr. Diane E. Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Bruce E. Skidmore Mrs. Ellen W. Stevens Mr. and Mrs. Theodore D. Stoney, Jr. Col. and Mrs. Paul J. Sykes Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tecklenburg Dr. and Mrs. Perry E. Trouche Mr. and Mrs. Derk Van Raalte III Mrs. Anne H. Wall Mr. and Mrs. T. Ladson Webb, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin J. Whaley Dr. Ellen M. Wilfong-Grush Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jackson Wills IV Ms. Nina G. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Wilson Gwendolyn J. Woods Mr. Frederick M. Zeigler In Memory of Mrs. Bertha Vinson Nancy and Billy Cave
Mr. and Mrs. Steven S. Gilbert for Ms. Jan Gilbert
In Memory of Ms. Jewel P. White Mr. and Mrs. Langdon D. Long
c oa s ta l c o n s e rvat i o n l e ag u e
Outings Contest Submit your favorite South Carolina outdoor adventure or unique destination under threat as a Spring 2008 outing. If your outing idea is selected, it will be featured on our events calendar this spring and you and three friends will go as the Conservation League’s guests. Please submit your outings entries by email to Membership Director Nancy Cregg at email@example.com before January 30th.
IRA Charity Tax Break Expires December 31st Are you 70 ½ years of age or older? If you are, or will be before December 31st, you may make a tax-free, “qualified charitable distribution” (QDC) from your IRA of up to $100,000 to the Coastal Conservation League thanks to the 2006 Pension Protection Act. Not only will you benefit CCL, but the gift will also count towards your required minimum distribution. Your IRA custodian must send the funds directly to CCL, so be sure to discuss the details with your financial advisor. Thank You!
Check It Out
CCL Climate Change Music Video Produced and presented by the Coastal Conservation League, Global Warming Guy is a lighthearted look at the serious issue of global climate change. We hope that online viewership of this video will lead people to explore the information and links on the website, and, in turn, better inform the debate on this issue, both here in South Carolina and beyond. Please visit www.GlobalWarmingGuy.com, watch the video, and pass it on to your friends. In addition to the video itself, the website is loaded with information about the issue and what you can do to help avert a global catastrophe.
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.
Discount for League Members at Beidler Forest
Charleston, S.C. 29402-1765 P.O. Box 1765
Audubon South Carolina thanks you for your commitment to conservation in South Carolina. With proof of your Coastal Conservation League membership, you will be given the same discount as Audubon members: $1 off of each entry to Beidler Forest. Call 843-462-2150 or visit www.beidlerforest.com for hours of operation.
For more information about the Coastal Conservation League, check out our Web site at www.CoastalConservationLeague.org