USLT 2018 Annual Meeting – March 22, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m.

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February 26, 2018

Tom Poland to Speak at Land Trust Annual Meeting

            Southern writer Tom Poland will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Upper Savannah Land Trust on March 22 at the Arts Center at the Federal Building in Greenwood. 

            Poland’s work has appeared in magazines throughout the South. Among his recent books are Classic Carolina Road Trips From Columbia; Georgialina: A Southland As We Knew It; and Reflections of South Carolina, Vol. II. Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Official Folk Life Drama, staged his play, Solid Ground.

            He writes a weekly column for newspapers and journals in Georgia and South Carolina about the South, its people, traditions, lifestyle, and changing culture and speaks to groups across South Carolina and Georgia. He’s the editor of Shrimp, Collards & Grits, a Lowcountry lifestyle magazine. His new book, South Carolina Country Roads, will be released April 16, 2018.

            Poland grew up in Lincoln County, Ga., and graduated from the University of Georgia. He lives in Columbia, where he writes about “Georgialina”—his name for eastern Georgia and South Carolina.   

            The doors open at 5:30 p.m. for silent auction and refreshments. Dinner by Shealy’s Barbeque will be at 6:30 p.m. Landowners who have donated conservation easements will be recognized and a short business meeting will be held.  The Peggy Adams Conservation Award will be presented to someone who has made a significant contribution to conservation in the Lakelands area.

            There will be a drawing for a Stevens 555 over and under 20 gauge shotgun. Raffle tickets for the gun are available from board members or at the door for $10 apiece.

            Proceeds from the gun drawing and silent auction will be used to promote conservation of farms, forestland and special natural areas in the Lakelands.

            There is no charge to attend for financial donors of USLT. Cost for others is $20. The public is welcomed. Dress is casual.

            Sponsors for the event are AgSouth Farm Credit, Ballentine Ford/Toyota, County Bank Trust Services, Enviva, Fynimex LLC,  Greenwood Conservation District, Hunters Headquarters, Ken Driggers Conservation Services, Logcreek Timber Co.,  McDonald Patrick Poston Hemphill & Roper LLC, Norbord, Inc.,  Stone & Associates, South Carolina Sustainable Forestry Initiative,  andTedford & Associates.

             Please RSVP to Rick Green at rgreen@uppersavannah.com or 864-941-8072.

     Upper Savannah Land Trust is a private, nonprofit conservation organization that assists landowners in Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties to conserve their land. 

     Since its inception in 2000, the organization has protected 47,562 acres of agricultural, forested, scenic, historic and ecologically important properties. The Trust considers itself a tool for landowners who are interested in seeing their properties remain in their natural state for farming, timber and recreation.

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Tom Poland, a Southern writer, photographer and editor will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Upper Savannah Land Trust on March 22 in Greenwood. 

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