Promised Land


Promised LandThe best way to celebrate success is to share it with friends, and the Central Savannah River Land Trust takes a dual approach to that idea. Since 2001, the Land Trust has protected more than 7,300 acres of land in Georgia and South Carolina for future generations to enjoy. The nonprofit organization also shows its appreciation to the people who make its mission possible with its annual Bash on the Banks each October. 

“The Bash sells out every year,” says Bethany Surles, the Land Trust membership and events coordinator. “It’s a celebration of the Land Trust, our mission and the tremendous accomplishments we’ve made. It gives us a chance to say ‘thank you’ to people for their support.”

The 14th annual Bash on the Banks, held at River Island, will include an oyster roast, Southern food, live music, corn hole and a raffle.

Sweet Magnolia’s Deli and Grille in Pelion, South Carolina will serve Southern food, and The Unmentionables once again will provide music for the event. Raffle items include an adult and a children’s kayak, a clay shooting package and a turned wooden bowl by Dr. Dave Welter. In addition, local artist Richard Worth will paint a nature scene during the evening, and the acrylic will be auctioned off at the event. 

Funded entirely by donations and grants, the Land Trust concentrates its efforts on protecting large areas of natural habitat, the major sources of our drinking water, larger forests that purify the air and grand vistas that offer scenic views.

“The land is preserved forever, and these places are protected for families and the community to enjoy,” Surles says. “It’s an investment in our children’s future. We love that the area is growing, but we only have one planet.”

One of the Land Trust’s major conservation projects is the 262-acre Greystone Preserve in North Augusta. The site includes undulating hills, mature oak-hickory forests, creeks, granite outcroppings and wildflowers, including the rare, endangered Relict trillium. The Land Trust also is in the process of building an outdoor classroom at Greystone, and the classroom will include event space, organic gardens and miles of scenic trails.

The Land Trust has a number of projects underway in Columbia County as well. “We are currently focused on Crawford Creek, River Island and Sumter Landing,” says Surles. “This year we plan to add a couple hundred acres with the addition of Greenbrier Creek and Euchee Creek.”

If You Go:

What: Bash on the Banks

When: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, October 12

Where: River Island clubhouse

How Much: $50 through September 30, price increases to $60 October 1; raffle tickets $20; drink tickets $5 

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