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Nature Conservation

WOODSIDE: A DEDICATION TO CONSERVATION

 

Woodside sets itself apart from other master-planned communities in many ways, the most noticeable of which being the way that we embrace our naturally beautiful surroundings. Woodside is situated beside a stunning, protected nature preserve, and the pristine meadows, lakes, rolling woodlands, and more that wind in and out of our gates make for one breathtaking setting for your home. How do we accomplish this? Quite simply, we stand behind our commitment to nature conservation, incorporating the natural landscape into our community rather than replacing it.

Read on here to learn more about how our community and our residents are embracing and protecting our surroundings. From Woodside’s status as a Bluebird Sanctuary, to planned hikes by the Woodside Trail Group, and an invitation to watch from home as we embrace nature while developing a brand-new neighborhood, we’re letting you in to see how we continue to strengthen our commitment to preserving what makes our community spectacular.

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HOLLOW CREEK NATURE PRESERVE

Hollow Creek Land Preservation, Inc. was established in 2007 by the developer of Woodside to perpetually preserve and protect approximately 110 acres of natural woodland and wetland area adjacent to Woodside, known as Hollow Creek Nature Preserve.  What’s more, the establishment of Hollow Creek Nature Preserve promotes the safeguard of indigenous wildlife and ensures the pristine condition of local land is preserved thus providing residents the enjoyment of unspoiled natural settings for walking, fishing and wildlife observation.

SOUTH CAROLINA BLUEBIRD SOCIETY

The South Carolina Bluebird Society (SCBS) was established here in Aiken on October 19, 2010. It is the first North American Bluebird Society (NABS) Affiliate to be organized in South Carolina. SCBS has installed and monitors 1161 Bluebird, Wood Duck, Screech Owl and Kestrel nest boxes at 77 locations, many of whom reside here within Woodside! Woodside is honored to have been declared an official bluebird sanctuary, and, thanks to the efforts of Woodside residents like Mike DeBruhl, the current South Carolina Bluebird Society President, we have an incredibly active and dedicated group of individuals within our community who build and maintain bluebird trails and nestboxes! Many of these nestboxes reside at Woodside model homes, so don’t be surprised if during your Woodside Discovery Visit you see them flying about while exploring our property.

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WOODSIDE TRAIL GROUP

Our commitment to embrace our natural surroundings is strengthened by the participation of residents who share our dedication to conservation. The Woodside Trail Group, since its inception in 2008, has now evolved into a 120-member loosely organized group who organize work parties to maintain Woodside’s system of walking and nature trails, and group hikes to explore trails both in and outside of the Woodside community.  Thanks to their efforts, Woodside’s natural trails continue to be a well-maintained setting for getting outdoors and enjoying the scenic views provided by our proximity to the Hollow Creek Nature Preserve. See below for upcoming Woodside Trail Group hikes and events!

Upcoming Trail Group Events

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    APRIL 21, 2018

    Join Lee Dehart and the Woodside Trail Group in Hitchcock Woods, Aiken’s 2,100-acre urban nature preserve, to explore this stunning woodland oasis. Fun fact: Hitchcock Woods is nearly three times the size of New York City’s Central Park! See you there!

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    MAY 5, 2018

    This will be a fun cache- finding hike along the Little Gap Trail at Dreher Island State Park, 2.1 miles round trip with 1-2 caches on route; well worth the 90 minute drive!  Bring your own hiking navigation devise along, if you have one, to help in our quest for the cache. Lunch will follow, for those who wish, at the Frayed Knot in Chapin, SC.

     

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    MAY 19, 2018

    Lee Dehart of Woodside Trail Group will take us on a visit to the Audubon society lands- a beautiful area for a nice walk- at the end of Silver Bluff Road, to look for nesting wood storks. It is about 15 miles from the Village at Woodside to the trail so we encourage everyone to car pool! Lunch will follow, for those who wish, at a location yet to be determined.

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DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

We stand behind our commitment to natural conservation, and to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we deliver on that promise, we’re inviting you to watch along from home as we develop our newest neighborhood Meadowbrook Estates, while taking care to preserve its natural setting. Follow our progress here to get video updates on our process!

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