GEORGETOWN COUNTY- Rocky Point Community Forest has been selected as one of 8 projects in the South Atlantic-Gulf Region to receive expert support from the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). After a competitive selection process Winyah Rivers Alliance (WRA) and a team of partners was awarded this assistance grant to further develop recreational opportunities at Rocky Point on the Black River as well as expand community engagement and outreach to be implemented in federal fiscal year 2020.
By extending the expertise and facilitation services of the National Parks Service to local groups, the RTCA program is able to provide locally tailored support to community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country. As recipients, WRA and the team of partners and advisers (including Georgetown County Parks and Recreation, SC Department of Natural Resources and community members) that worked for many years in the effort to protect and reopen the park will join with NPS professionals to take on the next phase of the development at this unique public-use community forest.
With the 3-pronged mission of conservation, education, and recreation as a guide the team’s next steps are to expand passive low-impact recreational opportunities such as multi-use trails and to grow community engagement through the formation of a citizen support (“friends”) group for the park and planning for community outreach and education.
Rocky Point Community Forest is a county park and boat launch open to the public year round. A service day at the community forest is being held this coming Saturday Dec 7th from 1-3pm to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the opening. See flyer for more information.