Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hunting Island State Park (SC), Beach Sweep 2007

This past weekend, over 200 anxious volunteers gathered on a hot and humid Saturday morning to clean the beaches of Hunting Island State Park.

It was remarkable how organized this event was, and that is in large part due to the efforts of Karen Whitehead. Karen is a member off the Friends board and serves as the litter control program coordinator. She runs a tight ship, and her hard work paid off in the end with a very successful event.

My trip was complete when I had the opportunity to watch Karen and Vivian Wayne, the Friends turtle program coordinator, inventory a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest. Three little turtles were hatched and slowly made their way to the ocean. It was quite a sight and I was amazed at the dedication of these volunteers who visit the park twice a day during turtle season to watch over these little guys.

I would like to especially thank Bonnie Wright, for her hospitality and contagious enthusiasm for this amazing state park. Also, thank you to the board of the Friends group and park manager Jeff Atkins for making my trip so memorable.

The event was sponsored by the Friends of Hunting Island State Park, the 2007 Take Pride in America National Award winner in the non-profit category, and included support from many local organizations. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of the Low Country, the NJROTC from Wade Hampton High School, Beaufort High School, Beaufort Middle School, Interact Groups, Dataw Garden Club, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownie Troops, Girl Scouts and Kayak Farm all pitched in to beautify South Carolina’s most visited state park.


1 comment:

Susan Ferris Hill said...

On behalf of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, organizers, and Karen Whitehead for making this such a successful cleanup! Thanks also to Bonnie Wright and Karen for making the change of site captains from 2006 to 2007 a smooth one. The effort at Hunting Island, part of the statewide Beach Sweep/River Sweep organized by the Consortium and SCDNR, is truly amazing!
Susan Ferris Hill and Sue Schweikart, coastal coordinators, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium