Founded in September, we held 5 cleanup events in the fall. 98 volunteers contributed 246 hours to remove graffiti and collected 1490 pounds of litter.
Restore. Preserve. Cherish.
We work to RESTORE the natural habitat of rare and threatened plants and wildlife, PRESERVE the landscape and views, and CHERISH the legacy of our public lands.
Bald Rock Heritage Preserve is home to 165-acres of forest with granite outcroppings overlooking the foothills of Pickens and Greenville counties in South Carolina.
Rare & Threatened
SPECIES FOUND AT BALD ROCK
- Piedmont Ragwort
- Grass of Parnassus
- New England Cottontail Rabbit
- Eastern Woodrat
- Northern Long-eared Bat
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has managed Bald Rock Heritage Preserve since 2001 to protect the rock, forest, rare animals and two headwater streams that are essential in maintaining several groups of rare plant species.
Launched our website at the first Annual Meeting on April 26, held at Table Rock State Park Headquarters.
Received federal tax exemption as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on May 15.
On July 7, SCDNR contracted with Clemson University Landscape Architecture Department to develop sustainable solutions to protect Bald Rock Heritage Preserve. SCDNR, Clemson, and Friends of Bald Rock will collaborate during the study, which will be completed in August 2023.
We celebrated our first anniversary on September 15 with gratitude for the generous and determined work of 209 volunteers, resulting in a cleaner entrance, a lot less graffiti, and significantly less litter.
This year 136 volunteers contributed 405 hours removing graffiti and collecting 2375 pounds of litter. Since we began cleanups in 2021, 234 volunteers have contributed 651 hours removing graffiti and collecting 3869 pounds of litter.
Outreach: Volunteers have given talks about restoration at Bald Rock to the GNHA Hiking Club, Upstate Native Plant Society, and the Clemson Extension Master Naturalist class. Volunteers also shared our information at Bald Rock in October and at Lake Robinson Day in November.
We intend to build a vibrant nonprofit organization that will assemble a coalition of stakeholders to:
- Assist SCDNR in ongoing oversight and cleaning required to make the Preserve a safe, clean, and naturally beautiful place.
- Assist SCDNR in educating the public about the importance and uniqueness of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve to help deter visitors from acts of vandalism.
- Cooperate with SCDNR to develop and implement a master plan to redesign the hardscape, appearance, and access that will resolve the many vulnerabilities of the Preserve.
- Provide a source of volunteers to help shift the culture from the decades long “tradition” of graffiti and vandalism to one of pride in the natural beauty of the SC Upstate, preserved for future generations.
- Aid SCDNR with resources to restore plant and animal habitats.