Friends of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve designated a SC Registered Charity.
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.
Recruited volunteers and River Falls Fire Department to pressure wash graffiti off the rock.
In 3 months, 98 volunteers contributed 250 hours and collected 1500 lbs. of litter at 5 cleanup events.
Initiated collaboration with SC Department of Natural Resources and Clemson University Department of Landscape Architecture to develop a master plan of sustainable solutions to protect the Preserve.
Launched the website at our first Annual Meeting on April 26.
Received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
Upstate SC Native Plant Society completed the first botanical survey of the Preserve.
This year, 136 volunteers contributed 405 hours collecting 2375 lbs. of litter and pressure washing paint off the rock at 11 events.
Received grant from SC Humanities to fund research of the History of Bald Rock by the Furman University History Department.
Clemson University Landscape Architecture Department study completed.
Volunteers suspend pressure washing to work on more sustainable graffiti mitigation strategies, restoring plant habitats to protect the rock.
This year, 157 volunteers contributed 519 hours at 14 events and picked up 2580 lbs. of litter.
Since 2021, volunteers have collected 3.5 tons of litter at 30 events. Fifteen additional volunteers have participated in 12 community outreach events to inform the public about the restoration at Bald Rock.
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.