FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saving Spartanburg’s Natural Resources, One
Step at a Time:
Students of Spartanburg’s Colleges Ensure Beauty
of Urban Nature Preserve
by Ed Welch, Director of Public Information
at Spartanburg Methodist College
Most college students would rather spend a warm,
sunny Sunday afternoon at the park, laying out
in the sun, throwing a Frisbee, or cruising
around with the top down.
On Sunday, April 18, however, more than 100
students from Spartanburg’s six colleges chose
to give something back to the community.
Together with volunteers from S.P.A.C.E. (the
Spartanburg Area Conservancy), students from
Converse College, Sherman College of Straight
Chiropractic, Spartanburg Methodist College,
Spartanburg Technical College, University of
South Carolina-Spartanburg, and Wofford College
spent the day pulling trash from Lawson’s Fork
Creek and clearing unwanted brush from
Cottonwood Trail, which runs along the creek.
The students gathered at a staging area in front
of Spartanburg High School, then fanned out to
the nearby urban preserve and its three-mile
network of trails.
One team started construction on a set of steps
leading down from Dupree Street to the trail,
while another team repaired a footbridge across
a branch that flows into Lawson’s Fork Creek.
Another team waded into the creek, removing
bottles, cans, and fast food containers. The
team also pulled from the waters several tires,
an old chair and a hot water heater. Other teams
cleared weeds and unwanted shrubs from the
trailside, and saved trees from being choked by
runaway English Ivy.
Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet praised the
students for choosing to give something back to
the community over numerous other recreational
“We want people to have pride in Spartanburg,”
said Barnet, who expressed hope that some of the
students would one day call the city home.
Mary Walter, S.P.A.C.E. Executive Director, was
pleased that more students turned out than she
originally expected. Incoming S.P.A.C.E.
President, Peyton Howell, commented that Day of
Service is “a great opportunity for the
community to embrace the colleges.”
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