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May 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Walks in the Woods

May 7 – Missing 40 1 mile loop of moderate walking 1-2 hours. Water shoes recommended. The trailhead is located on Pearson Falls Road just above the new concrete bridge over the North Pacolet River. The trail is well blazed, kid and pet friendly, and has several easy water crossings.

May 21 – Big Bradley 1-2 mile moderate 2 hour exploration of Cove Creek leading downstream to the overlook to Big Bradley Falls. It is a moderate walk with stream crossings. Wear water shoes. Again, dogs and kids love it!

June 4 – Little Bradley 2 mile moderate out and back of 2 hours along Cove Creek to the falls with a nice pool at the bottom. Dogs and kids love this spot!

Walkers meet 2 pm at the parking lot of the Saluda Library. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share their insights about the history, flora, and fauna of the area as they lead each walk.

Prepare for each walk with comfortable shoes, a walking stick, water, and a snack. Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide. Many of these hikes will access private property.

For more information contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or chearon@skyrunner.net

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Swimming Lessons

Brian Lilburn from Aqua Child will be returning this June to teach swimming lessons at Wilkes Twin Lakes. Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation there will be no charge for the classes. Classes will start June 19, and run 3 weeks through July 7th. Classes will be held 5 days a week, Monday through Friday starting at 9AM each morning. There will be two instructors this year and both swimming and stroke lessons will be taught. For further information and how to enroll your child online please send an email to dlpwoodturner@gmail.com.

Find out more about the program at www.aquachild.com

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Moody Property

Work at the Moody House continues, we are scheduling volunteer days for 1stTuesday May 2nd, and 1st Saturday May 6th starting around 10 am. We will focus our efforts on the landscaping this month. If you have time to offer other than these dates, please call John Savage, 828-749-3906.

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Kudzu and Other Invasives

We at SCLT are still working on removing kudzu. Our prime site is Judd’s Peak Lookout. We are slowly working our way down the hill. The area where we cleared the kudzu has become a milkweed garden. When the kudzu is removed many native plants spring up.

In the past we have sprayed this area with kudzu specific herbicide and now we are removing the crown from the root of the plant. This can be done anytime of the year. If you are interested in learning to decrown or just want to help us, please call the office and we will get back to you.

Weather permitting work days will be 9am the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. In May will will meet the 11th and the 25th.

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Twin Lakes is Ready to Reserve

Planning a family reunion, wedding or a birthday event?

Reservations are now being taken for Twin Lakes. Please refer to the Twin Lakes calendar here, to find out if the time you wish is available. If not already reserved, please contact Holly Wilkes at hhwnc2@gmail.com to make your reservation.

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Consider Judd's Peak and Twin Lakes

Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd’s Peak which are both amazing venues to reserve for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.

SCLT MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month May 3rd, at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building and find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.

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Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Or send an email to info@saludaclt.org. Be sure to check out our website www.saludaclt.org. We look forward to your comments and suggestions.