South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Wild Side event at Hobcaw Barony to celebrate 'Year of the Turtle'
October 30th, 2018

By Clayton Stairs

Celebrate the “Year of the Turtle” with the South Carolina Environmental Law Project during the 9th annual Wild Side event set for Nov. 3 at Hobcaw Barony near Georgetown.

Taking place from 5-8:30 p.m., the event includes a schedule full of activities and entertainment for both sponsors and guests, including Hobcaw lore, boat tours, nature talks, food and drinks, live music and silent auction. the special guest and featured speaker for the event is Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of many books celebrating the many wonders of the Lowcountry, including the Beach House series that popularized the year-long dedication of volunteer turtle patrols on local barrier islands.

“My father used to tell me that to make a positive difference in this world I needed to ‘light one candle.’” Monroe said. “I found my way of doing just that through my work as a novelist.”

She said through the power of story, she strives “to show readers the delicate beauty of our landscape and the wildlife that depends on it.”

“Through story, the reader comes to care about the species,” she said. “And when one cares, they take care.”

She said she is honored to connect with the members and supporters of the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, “who also use their own skills and passions to educate, preserve and protect our state’s natural resources.”

“Our goals are the same: to save and preserve the wild side of South Carolina for generations to come,” Monroe said.

Amy Armstrong, executive director of SCELP, agreed.

“On Nov 3, our friends, sponsors, Wild Side advocates and other guests will be gathering for a memorable event in support of SCELP’s work and our quality of life,” she said. “We hope that you will consider joining us or otherwise contributing to our efforts.”

SCELP is a public interest law organization devoted to environmental protection and conservation. Headquartered in Georgetown, it operates as a grassroots champion of environmental laws and healthy communities all over the state. In 2016 it also established an office in Greenville.

“As a nonprofit, our operation relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations who care for the land, water and wildlife that make South Carolina such a special place to live, work and play,” Armstrong said. “Our annual fundraiser, Wild Side, was created in 2010 to honor the legacy of SCELP’s founder, Jimmy Chandler. It has since become a wildly popular community gathering and remains a vital source of financial support of our work. During these challenging times for the environment, our efforts have never been so critical.”

Accomplishments Armstrong said the group’s highlights since January include:

• Argued before the Supreme Court twice, in defense of our rivers and lakes and against radioactive contamination, while winning once more on Captain Sams Spit.

• Empowered communities to challenge harmful mining projects in Williamsburg and Chester Counties.

• Negotiated a positive settlement of our federal Endangered Species Act lawsuit that took plastic seawalls off our beaches and out of the way of nesting sea turtles.

• Over a dozen South Carolina coastal municipalities have retained us pro bono to protect our marine species and coastal resources from seismic blasting and offshore drilling for oil and natural gas.

The entrance to Hobcaw Barony is located on U.S. Highway 17, just north of Georgetown. Organizers urge attendees to allow 15-20 minutes for the drive from the gate to the parking area at Hobcaw House.

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