We are grateful for our volunteers, partners (such as Polk County Community Foundation), and members for helping SCLT continue to protect our land and improve our community.
Highlights from 2019
Continued contributions to an endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF) for long term maintenance fund of SCLT owned properties in the future.
Held six weeks of free individual swimming lessons at Twin Lakes in which 215 people participated, made possible by a grant from the Saluda Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation.
Hosted 9 open swim days and had 55 days of reservations.
Total days lake was used: 77
Total people at events: 2,493
Conducted Walks in the Woods on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from March through October
Received the donation of 18.+ acres Chocolate Drop lots for a total of 75 acres currently owned, all to be conserved for a future park
Received a grant from PCCF to purchase land between Chocolate Drop and Polk County High School, giving the high school access to future trails on Chocolate Drop Mt.
The Robinson Community Garden had all 20 plots rented and productive
Maintained and enhanced Judd's Peak as a gathering spot for picnics, moon and sun rises, star gazing and a blue bird haven.
Sullivan Property - The board is working towards preservation of the legacy of Phoebia Sullivan, her Temple and surrounding 30 acres. SCLT has started working with an African American historian to better understand Madam Sullivan's background and how her roots brought her to Saluda. PCCF has provided funds for a survey of the total 30 acres, which is in process now.
The Saluda Dog Park enjoyed another successful year of many community members socializing their dogs and themselves.
Youth Partner Challenge - Held 10 easy hikes for children and families. These hikes are centered on local history as well as ecological learning sites, led by two retired school teachers
Began the creation of Henry’s Nature Center on the Moody property, which was purchased in foreclosure with Bradley Endowment Fund. The Cart Family gave an endowment of $55,000 to SCLT in memory of their son, Henry, to create an environmental education site for children. Plans include an outdoor pavilion, raised beds for growing native plants, rebuilding on one the pristine springs on the property, and creation of walking trails on the remaining 20+ acres of the property.