THE PEE DEE PROGRESS PAGE
THE PEE DEE PROGRESS PAGE
Construction at St. John's Elementary School Nature Center
The Pee Dee RC&D has assisted the Darlington Soil and Water Conservation District in obtaining an Urban and
Community Forestry Grant from the South Carolina Forestry Commission. This grant is being used to establish a
nature center at the St. John's School in Darlington. Recent additions to the project are the Amphitheater
Stage/Pavilion which will be used for outdoor classes as well as a stage area for the amphitheater; trail clearing by
the community service program of the Darlington City Police Department; and planting of a Palmetto (SC State
Tree) and other plant materials at the St. John's Street Trail Head.
Other components of this project include the establishment of nature trail boardwalks, tree identification signage,
development of a website for the nature center, development of a nature center curriculum, and publishing an
For more information visit the project website which is under construction at:
Progress Energy (formerly Carolina Power and Light) Provides Grant
at Blenheim School
Baker's Trail, which is a continuing project for environmental education, has received additional funding in the
form of a cash grant from Progress Energy. Mindy Iseman of Progress Energy (left) presented a check at the
project site in Blenheim on Monday March 24 to Mandy Hilliard (Blenheim PTO). These funds will be used to
plant additional native tree varieties and place variety identification signage for the project's arboretum. Previous
contributors to this project include, the SC Forestry Commission's Urban Forestry Program, the Town of
Blenheim, Marlboro Soil and Water Conservation District, Southern States Corporation, International Paper
Foundation, Weyerhaeuser Corporation, and Marlboro County Public Works, along with community and student
consists of almost two miles of trail with over three hundred feet of boardwalk, a
Amphitheater Stage/Pavilion which was recently added to
St. John's Street Trail
Nature Trail is being
greentree reservoir, an amphitheater, a pavilion, an observation deck, kiosk, a gazebo, and an arboretum. The trail,
the existing amphitheater built by the Works Progress
Head is being established
cleared with help from
which connects the school campuses is used by students from Blenheim Primary, Elementary, and Middle
Administration in the 1930s.
the Darlington City
Schools. The trail is also available to the citizens of the community as an environmental resource and exercise
Current Efforts of the Pee Dee RC&D
Pee Dee Land Trust Membership Meeting Planned
Mullins Urban Forestry Education Project Adding educational components to UF sites in Mullins, kiosk etc.
Roadside historical markers of the Pee Dee website development in progress
The Pee Dee Land Trust is planning a social and educational event for late June at the Kalmia Gardens of
Soil Surveys on Compact Disk Digital soil surveys in an easily accessible user friendly format Ongoing
St. John's School Nature Trail (Darlington) Urban Forestry Grant funding for an outdoor classroom In Progress
Coker College in Hartsville. Current plans include a Sunday afternoon picnic lunch and nature walk with Rudy
Pee Dee Urban Forestry Awareness Project Currently in progress. Website
), other presenters to be determined. This event is open to Pee Dee
McColl Elementary School Nature Center Planning underway.
Land Trust members and perspective members. Information on this planned event will be posted on the Trust's
POWER for Wildlife Three FY 2003 Applications submitted.
website as it becomes available. Use the contact information below if you would like to be added to the Pee
Rural Fire Protection Water Storage Tanks (Dillon) Tanks being installed and fitted with hydrant heads.
Dee Land Trust mailing list.
Dry Fire Hydrants (Darlington) Additional hydrants being installed in the Hartsville area.
Thompson Creek TMDL Project (Chesterfield) Final report has been submitted for approval.
Trail and tree identification signs Signs are being produced for projects across the state. Signs produced for Conway Riverwalk.
Pee Dee Geographic Information Current Emphasis is on developing an comprehensive Water Quality Plan for the Pee Dee..
Cheraw Intermediate School Assisting the Chesterfield County School District with development of an outdoor classroom.
For Information concerning the tax benefits of donating land or conservation easements, and the many
The Pee Dee Regional Trails Plan Implementation The plan was recently presented to the public and is available on the internet at:
options available to the donor, visit
or call (843) 393 9809 ext. 4.
(all spaces in the URL are underscores).