Hard Labor Creek State Park
In 2012, hundreds of acres were clear cut in Hard Labor Creek State Park. After the Park clearcut approximately 40 acres at the public boat ramp at Lake Rutledge, citizens gathered to express their displeasure. The Conservancy met with residents and Park staff in the ensuing months to explore alternative resource management practices. Early in 2013, the Park released their new management plan, which dramatically reduced the number of acres planned for clear cutting and the initiation of new management practices.
The 40 acres that were clearcut by the boat ramp? They were eventually planted with longleaf pine, which have survived drought and a cold winter.