Rolling hills of green grass that expand the horizon, tall green trees, lakes teaming with fish, these are some of the many natural treasures that South Carolina possesses. The South Carolina Conservation Bank has worked to preserve many of these natural resources since 2000.
However, in June of 2018 the Conservation Bank was scheduled to close due to lack of funding. Thanks to the dedication and tireless efforts of Bank Chairman, Doug Harper, and associates the permanent reauthorization of the South Carolina Conservation Bank was finalized at a ceremonial signing on July 31st by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
“This is a great day for conservation in South Carolina,” said Doug Harper, the Conservation Bank’s board chair. “It’s a new day for the Bank and a big step toward protecting our state’s natural legacy and beautiful places.”
South Carolina’s natural resources are a significant economic engine in the state. According to Clemson University and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, sectors such as fishing, hunting, and other outdoor recreation annually contributes $33.4 billion dollars in economic activity along with 218,719 jobs.
The SC Conservation Bank safeguards approximately 300,000 acres of South Carolina land that protect significant wetlands, historical properties, archeological sites, and urban parks. Not to mention the Conservation Bank’s grant process has funded the protection of some of South Carolina’s most iconic landmarks and tracts such as the Blue Wall, Nine Times, and the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail.
Doug Harper, former Harper president and current chairman, will receive the Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Champion award today at the 2019 Forever Green Awards Luncheon. “This honor from Upstate Forever named after Tommy Wyche is especially meaningful to me because he was a friend and influential mentor to me,” said Doug. The award recognizes Doug for his pivotal role in ensuring that the SC Conservation Bank will go on providing protection for South Carolina’s natural resources for years to come.
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