Francis Marion Forest cleanup yields impressive results

  • Monday, February 24, 2014

On a cold, rainy Saturday morning after an ice storm paralyzed much of South Carolina, 99 volunteers came together to clean up one of the lowcountry's treasures: the Francis Marion National Forest.

On Feb. 1 volunteers removed 40 tons of trash and recyclable materials from the forest focusing on along Halfway Creek, Steed Creek, and Hwy. 41 near Huger. Included in those 40 tons were 100 tires.

“We couldn't have been more appreciative of the volunteers who braved the elements to come out,” said PalmettoPride director Linda Shadel. “We love seeing families, scouts and students working side by side with geocachers and other outdoor enthusiasts.”

This was the 9th cleanup hosted by PalmettoPride and the USDA Forest Service Staff since 2003. Berkeley County and Charleston County participated in the event providing manpower and roll-off containers.

To date more than 1,600 volunteers have removed 206 tons of trash from the forest.

For more information on this cleanup and other programs at PalmettoPride, please visit PalmettoPride.org.

PalmettoPride is 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating litter in South Carolina. Using a 4-pronged approach – Education, Enforcement, Awareness and Pickup – PalmettoPride has helped reduce litter by more than 66%. For more information, visit PalmettoPride.org.

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