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March 2020 NEWSLETTER

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Walks in the Woods

Walks Resume

March 15 Walk-Round Mountain is canceled For the safety of SCLT community, per current medical recommendations this walk has been canceled.

April 5 - Twin Bridges. This will be a moderate meander of one to two hours. Walkers will be guided through a huge population of emerging spring wildflowers located at the twin Bridges over the Pacolet River on US 176 south of Saluda.

Walkers meet at the parking lotof the Saluda Library. A SCLT member will keep you aware of terrain, history, flora, and fauna of the trail. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring a walking stick, water, a snack, field guides, and a camera. Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide. Call ahead to determine whether the hike welcomes four-footed companions.

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

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SCLT Youth Partner Hiking Challenge

Calling all Parents, Grandparents, Youth Leaders, and Mentors—-Are you looking for a way to inspire and motivate your kids, make memories with them, and help them appreciate the land and trails in and around Saluda? Then the SCLT Youth Partner Hiking Challenge is for you!

Adults may participate with up to 5 youth. Together, complete 7 hikes and do a service project to earn a certificate and an embroidered patch. It’s easy when you join our guided hikes every second Saturday of the month. You can also download the activity log and information on our website and go when it’s convenient for you. Our 2020 Hike Schedule is available now.

Visit the SCLT website for complete information. https://saludaclt.org/youth-challenge

This opportunity has been made possible by a grant from the Saluda Fund of the Polk County Community Foundation. This year, we are also adding hiking passports made possible by the Saluda United Methodist Church.

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Trail Maintanance

We Need You in the Crew

Please consider joining our crack crew as we try and keep the trails that SCLT owns and has excess to, in good shape so that all the Saluda community can use and enjoy them. When you are out enjoying the trails, please note any trail maintenance issues the crew can tackle on the next work day which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, from 9:00am- 12:00 in an area to be determined.

Contact Chuck Hearon 828-817-0364 or at chearon@skyrunner.net.

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Do you know anyone who loves to play golf, swim, hike the Palmetto Trail, or sit on their back porch while enjoying a view over the foothills of South Carolina? SCLT now owns a beautiful, ridgetop 1.17 acre lot on Panther Mountain in Zirconia, NC, and it is for sale. Make and offer- any offer will be seriously considered. Mark Lauer, of Mark Lauer Realty in Saluda, has it listed. SCLT will use the proceeds from the sale of the Panther Mountain lot for one of the ongoing park projects here in Saluda. Let's raise money for a good cause

This lot was donated to SCLT so their owner could receive a tax deduction. Our organization wants to pass along this on to you and receive a bit of operational monies to pay our bills.

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Twin Lakes

A perfect spot for gathering

Reservations for Twin Lakes will start after April 1st. To check availability, go to the SCLT web site and check the Twin Lakes calendar. If the date you want is not reserved, email, Holly Wilkes at hhwnc2@gmail.com and she will complete the reservation.

We are hoping to receive a grant that will allow us to continue to have free-swimming lessons this summer and we will let you know about that if those funds become available. As always, Twin Lakes depends on contributions from its users to maintain the property and keep the lakes and beach clean. Thank you for your support of this special Saluda place.

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Annual Meeting

Save the date of Wednesday April 29th, 2020 at 6pm for SCLT Annual Meeting. Thanks so much for your support.

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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 Monthly Board Meeting

Our next meeting is March 4th, at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building. Come find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.

With Walks in the Woods ending for the season, the newsletter Team will take a couple of months off from publishing but will send out targeted missives to remind you of anything news worthy. See you in February!!

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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 info@saludaclt.org. 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.

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