Columbia, SC – On a cold, rainy Saturday morning after an ice storm paralyzed much of South Carolina, 99 volunteers came together to clean up one of the lowcountry’s treasures: the Francis Marion National Forest.

On February 1, 2014, volunteers removed 40 tons of trash and recyclable materials from the forest focusing on along Halfway Creek, Steed Creek, and Hwy. 41 near Huger. Included in those 40 tons were 100 tires.

“We couldn’t have been more appreciative of the volunteers who braved the elements to come out,” said PalmettoPride director Linda Shadel. “We love seeing families, scouts and students working side by side with geocachers and other outdoor enthusiasts.”

This was the 9th cleanup hosted by PalmettoPride and the USDA Forest Service Staff since 2003. Berkeley County and Charleston County participated in the event providing manpower and roll-off containers.

To date more than 1,600 volunteers have removed 206 tons of trash from the forest.