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Pee Dee Regional Urban
Arbor Day 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
Water Quality Assessment
Community Forestry Grant from the South Carolina Forestry Commission. This grant is being used to establish a
The Pee Dee RC&D has received a grant from the
nature center at the St. John's School in Darlington. The 2002 Arbor Day program at St. John's was conducted as
Urban and Community Forestry Program of the
a component of this project. The program, moderated by Principal Jean Taylor, included a presentation by the 6 th
The final set of water samples from the five
South Carolina Forestry Commission for a regional
grade chorus, a dramatic reading of the History and Origins of Arbor Day, a poetry reading, and a rap session by
monitoring sites have been collected and analyzed
urban forestry awareness project. The Pee Dee
Mr. Tommy Taylor. The Arbor Day event concluded with a tree planting ceremony. A Darlington Oak was
to determine the level of nitrates, phosphorus, fecal
Regional Urban & Community Forestry Public
planted on the school lawn honoring Senator Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday. The event was attended by 300
coliform, total suspended solids and fixed
Awareness Project will create public awareness of
students and local citizens from the Darlington County area.
suspended solids. This data is now being modeled
the Pee Dee Urban and Community Forestry
to predict the sources of contaminants and to
Projects established during the past eleven years.
Other components of this project include the establishment of a nature trail with tree identification signage,
determine the best approach for restoring the water
Signage will be placed in project areas and along the
planting an arboretum, construction of a pavilion, development of a website for the nature center, development of
quality in Thompson Creek to acceptable levels. A
trails identifying the existing and established native
a nature center curriculum, and publishing an informational brochure.
project stakeholder meeting is planned for early
trees and explaining the environmental benefits of
next year to present finding and remediation
green space in an urban setting, riparian protection,
For more information visit the project website which is under construction at:
scenarios to the Chesterfield Community. This
urban carbon sequestration with trees, etc. The
Project supports SC efforts to develop a TMDL for
native tree identification signs will include species
the Thompson Creek watershed above highway S
information as well as traditional uses, etc. Visit the
13 243 in Chesterfield County. A TMDL (Total
project website at:
Maximum Daily Load) establishes the maximum
allowable pollutant loading for a water body and
This project will develop a public awareness &
provides a basis for taking actions needed to
information campaign including a regional website.
restore water quality. The Pee Dee RC&D will
The citizens of the Pee Dee Region and students in
develop a water quality practice implementation
the local school systems will be made aware of the
plan based on this project's results and public
environmental issues to which the Urban Forestry
comment from the planned stakeholder meeting.
Program is dedicated, including: native tree
Funding for this project is from the SC Department
identification, green space in an urban setting,
of Health and Environmental Control through the
riparian protection, urban carbon sequestration with
US Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water
trees, etc. The impact of this project will be to
Act Section 319.
enhance awareness of the benefits of urban forestry
by the citizens of the Pee Dee Area.
The Tree Planting Crew received instructional
Students shared in the
Mr. Taylor provided
SC Historical Markers of the Pee Dee Region
supervision in proper planting technique from Mr.
work, everyone had their
the student body with
Tommy Taylor (back left with hat).
turn with the shovel.
tree facts about the
The Pee Dee RC&D with permission from the SC Department of Archives and History is developing an
Darlington Oak .
internet website providing the location and text of all the roadside historical markers in the five county RC&D
area. The website, when completed, will include an interactive road map of each county with the marker
locations and links to information and photos concerning the marker subject. This project relates to the cultural
Current Efforts of the Pee Dee RC&D
heritage initiative of the RC&D Council. Visit the site at:
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 requesting funding for an outdoor classroom In Progress
Pee Dee Urban Forestry Awareness Project Currently in progress
Digital County Road Maps on Compact Disk
McColl Elementary School Nature Center Planning underway.
POWER for Wildlife Five FY 2002 Applications approved.
The Pee Dee RC&D is developing fully self contained compact disks with digital road maps suitable for the
Rural Fire Protection Water Storage Tanks (Dillon) Tanks being installed and fitted with hydrant heads.
Dry Fire Hydrants (Darlington) Additional hydrants being installed in the Hartsville area.
non Geographic Information System (GIS) user. Road mapping with new road names are overlaid onto 1999
Thompson Creek TMDL Project (Chesterfield) Collection and analysis of water samples and WS characterization completed.
aerial photography and then converted to Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf). The data is available in two
Trail and tree identification signs Signs are being produced for projects across the state. 84 signs produced for Playcard Center in Loris.
files, one with names and one with road numbers which can be zoomed, from the entire county down to a view
Pee Dee Geographic Information Current Emphasis is on developing an comprehensive Water Quality Plan for the Pee Dee..
of one inch equaling six hundred feet of ground surface. Each compact disk is self contained, not requiring that
Cheraw Intermediate School Assisting the Chesterfield County School District with development of an outdoor classroom.
any software be installed on your computer. The shareware, Adobe Acrobat Reader, is installed on each disk
The Pee Dee Regional Trails Plan Implementation The plan was recently presented to the public and is available on the internet at:
and automatically opens when the CD is placed into your computer's CD ROM. The disk when inserted opens
(all spaces in the URL are underscores).
to an interactive page with the same characteristics as an internet web page. The user may select the file of
choice from this opening page. Copies may be obtained for a small duplication fee by the Pee Dee RC&D.