December 2021 NEWSLETTER

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Make A Beautiful Boxwood Wreath

'tis the season

Saluda Community Land Trust is hosting a wreath-making day at Twin Lakes on Saturday, December 4th. Come between 11:00 and 3:00. Rain or Shine All of the makings, including hot cider, will be provided. This will be a fun activity for children and adults.

Please join us!

Bring clippers if you have them and dress warmly.

Call the SCLT office (749-1560) for questions.

Directions to Twin Lakes: from Saluda go out Greenville Street 1.7 miles. On left will be Linda Lane and a Twin Lakes sign. Go .2 miles down Linda Lane to the entrance of Twin Lakes.

This fun activity is made possible thanks to the support of the Polk County Community Foundation

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'tis not the season

Join us next growing season

SCLT and the grateful gardeners thank Marcus Robinson for sharing the Community Garden property again in 2022.

The Community Garden has two plots available for committed gardeners for the 2022 season. These plots have been worked well and are in fine shape. The rent for the plots for the year (November to November) is $30.00. First time gardeners are welcomed. You can improve you gardening skills by learning from our experienced gardeners at the Community Garden. If you are interested, please contact Bruce Hunt (828-708-7380) or for more detail.

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Henry's Nature Center

Volunteers Rock


With the pavilion at HNC being near completion and the grassy slope flourishing, twenty volunteers gathered on a “bright sunshiny day” to tackle the rock wall garden near the entrance.

The rock wall garden is part of the original homestead, formerly owned by the Moody family. Plans are to revive the plants that remain and to add a variety of native plants, but the task of the day was to clear away the brush, brambles and invasive plants, specifically Chinese Silvergrass*.

Volunteers, young and old, energetically set to work enjoying the fine weather and the camaraderie of like-minded folks. Additionally, the younger set of volunteers, who were equipped with kid-sized gloves and clippers, completed the service project component of the Youth Partner Challenge (YPC). Click here to learn more about YPC.

Closing out the morning labors with apple cider and homemade cookies, volunteers posed with “sunshiny faces” in front of the rock wall garden.

Henry’s Nature Center (HNC), an environmental education center for the children of Saluda, is being created as a memorial to Henry Cart and his love of nature through a generous donation from the Cart Family.

*Chinese Silvergrass is an invasive ornamental grass that appears in the fall and is visible throughout the winter. It’s long finger-like white spikes are beautiful to the eye, but the plant is extremely aggressive and highly flammable. Want more info? Click here.

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Round Mountain

Keepin' us round


An overarching principle of The Saluda Community Land Trust’s mission is to preserve Saluda’s rural character. And to that principle we must remain true.

Recently, Optima Towers presented the SCLT Board with a proposed 5-year lease for a portion of Round Mountain, a tract of gifted land, on which to build a 5G tower for a minimum of $12,000 per year. Considering our mission, we knew our answer had to be – No thank you!

Meanwhile, the SCLT board is working towards the creation of a succession plan and a significant part of that plan is the hiring of a full time Executive Director. And honestly, a guaranteed $12,000/year lease would have certainly helped with the financial resources needed to hire a director. But still, our mission and principles are paramount; the answer to Optima had to be “No”.

We share this information to suggest that this year, now more than ever, your support of SCLT is very important. The truth of the matter is this little organization has done amazing things relying totally on volunteers: 319 acres preserved forever with conservation easements, 297 acres owned by SCLT and open to the public, closing in on a ‘green envelope’ around our town; Henry’s Nature Center set to open in 2022; many, many miles of trails in our community; kudzu abatement and so much more.

So, we kindly ask, when considering your year-end giving , that you think of SCLT because the vital task of preserving our land and protecting the natural integrity of our community is vital and the responsibility of us all. Financial gifts can be made online by clicking this link, donate or by mail to SCLT, PO Box 732, Saluda, NC 28773.

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We'd love to have you join us as a SCLT member. Our members provide vital volunteer and financial support in our mission of preserving Saluda’s rural small-town character by protecting its unique natural heritage. Just click on this link for more information:

We appreciate our Business Partners

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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

SCLT Board Meeting is scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month, December 1st, at 2:00.

Please contact the office for specifics.

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When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Saluda Community Land Trust. Bookmark the link and help support SCLT every time you shop.

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.

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 We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

SCLT greatly appreciates the help from Polk County Community Foundation for the operating expenses for the year 2017.