Posted By Alan Donald @ Dec 1st 2020 12:05pm In: Charleston

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1,500-acre Tract Added to Francis Marion National Forest

Thanks to the efforts of three local entities, the 8,100-acre Francis Marion National Forest will soon expand to encompass the 1,500-acre White Oak Atlantic Creosote Tract north of McClellanville, home to some of the most enchanting longleaf pine woods in the Lowcountry. Purchased from the White Oak Forestry Corporation, an organization that helps preserve local forestries in and around the Santee Delta, this tract of land will be the National Forest's seventh addition - and its largest to-date. Its purchase was made possible with the support of the Charleston County Greenbelt Program and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. This addition will make the National Forest more accessible for hiking, bird watching and hunting as well as provide natural habitat for many local species. Read More Here...

Low-Income Students to Receive Help from Learning Pods

COVID-19 has impacted our community in many significant ways, one of which being school instruction. At the start of the pandemic, virtual classes were mandated for everyone's safety. Parents then had to make the hard decision for the new academic year of whether to have their child/ren continue to learn virtually from home or whether to send them back for in-school learning. Both approaches have their disadvantages: long screen time and isolation vs. potential exposure to COVID-19, respectively. Over half (about 54%) of local area students tuned in to the first day of class virtually. Many of them are of color or from low-income families and have been struggling academically and socially. To address this, Charleston County schools have announced their launch of "learning pods", or as some are now calling them "pandemic pods", where a small group of students gathers, under the supervision of an adult, to receive help on their schoolwork and to socialize. While this concept became popular early in the pandemic for students whose parents could afford them, the new pods will be free and accessible to those who need them most and they will follow the same protocols of cleanliness as schools and classrooms, including social distancing, wearing face masks, and washing hands frequently. Read More Here...

New Recycling Center to Open in North Charleston This Year

North Charleston is home to a new $30-million materials recovery facility (or MRF) in the final stages of development and scheduled to open by year's end. Located west of I-26 at 8099 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, this recycling center will replace the current facility on Romney Street and will be able to recycle 25 tons per hour, which is five times faster than the current rate. The sorting equipment is now being tested and once completed, the new facility will be able to open for operations. Councilwoman Anna Johnson plans to explore opportunities for educational programs relating to recycling and the environment and an education center for student tours.  Read More Here...

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