In 2014, SAVER (Sustaining and Valuing Earth’s Resources) Committee began working with community partner organizations to develop projects on First Baptist Greenville’s lower campus area along the Reedy River and Swamp Rabbit Trail to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability and Creation Care. Since then, we obtained grant funding to construct the rain garden near the ballfields, to treat and remove exotic invasive vegetation along the river, and to restore riparian and floodplain areas with native plants. Hundreds of trees and shrubs and thousands of perennials have been established on church property along the river. Take a walk on the trail and enjoy the beautiful fall colors! Visit the kiosk near East Faris Road and learn more about the rain garden and riparian restoration projects and what you can do to help protect the river.
SAVER maintains project areas and coordinates volunteer workdays with partners. Friends of the Reedy River, Save Our Saluda, and Foothills Paddling Club recently joined forces and removed almost 70 tires and trash from the river and weeded and mulched project areas. Stay tuned for future volunteer opportunities by visiting or contact me at 270-7629 or
—Melanie Ruhlman

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