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Saluda Community Land Trust

The Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT), dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of the Saluda area, is planning numerous activities through the winter and into the spring.
The group’s scheduled trail walks will resume in early spring. In the meantime, members are working on blazing the trails and enhancing pathways. If you are interested in helping, call 828-749-1560 and leave a message that you would like to be contacted when workdays are scheduled.
Two new trails are open to the public now. One is the “Lazy Girl Loop,” located off Esseola Street, and “The Missing 40,” located off Pearson Falls Road. For more information about these trails please contact Chuck, 828-749-9886, or Nancy, 828-749-4661.
Kudzu work is continuing throughout the winter. You may have noticed areas where kudzu has been drastically removed. Removing the underbrush before the growth season starts prevents the plant from having anything to climb on when it starts growing. Kudzu is such a fast-growing plant that you need to be a step in front of the growth to prevent being overwhelmed later in the season, SCLT officials said. They said there is never a time not to work on kudzu removal.
SCLT, in partnership with the City of Saluda and the Saluda Dog Society, has opened a dog park located on Chestnut Street where your dog can run free and socialize. The dog park is open to all. If you need more information, contact Dave Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.
SCLT is an all-volunteer organization. You can volunteer on a specific project anytime without a long-term commitment. The group is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, so any donations are tax deductible.
“We are so appreciative of the many volunteers, members and those who donated money this past year,” SCLT officials said. “We are very grateful to the Polk County Community Foundation for their support in our local projects.”
For more information, call 828-749-1560 and leave a message. You can also visit the group’s updated website, www.saludaclt.org.
– article submitted by Nora Parks Anderson