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Developer Rescues Endangered Trillium

July 25, 2005

A population of endangered trilliums was rescued in Aiken County thanks to the cooperative efforts of a local developer and state and local officials.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Endangered Species, the relict trillium (Trillium reliquum) is a perennial herb that flowers purple or yellow in early spring.

Its range extends across Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The relict trillium is listed as endangered because its sites are threatened by logging, road construction, agricultural conversion and development. For more information on endangered plants like relict trillium, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Web site at

While conducting a site visit, David Caddell, storm water manger for the City of North Augusta, identified relict trillium on a property that was about to be clear-cut and prepared for commercialization. Relict trillium is on the federal endangered species list. Caddell immediately notified the developers, Hull Storey Retail Group. The developers took it upon themselves to hire an environmental consultant to identify and flag areas that contained this federally listed plant.

Brett M. Moule, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist and heritage preserve manager, was contacted by the City of North Augusta to determine what needed to be done to protect this plant. This beautiful and unique plant is also found nearby on one of DNR's heritage preserves managed by Moule, the Savannah River Bluffs, located in North Augusta.

For more information on Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve, visit their web site 

According to Caddell, the State of South Carolina only requires that a 20-foot stream buffer be established along identified waters of the United States. This buffer is measured from the center of the stream. Although there is minimal buffer required by state law, Hull Storey Retail Group agreed to increase the buffer to 15 feet above any identified relict trillium. This increased the buffer width by as much as 130 feet in some areas.

After establishing a buffer around the identified population of relict trillium, the Hull Storey Retail Group learned that a storm water detention pond was required, so a small portion of the previously established buffer would be encroached. They agreed to allow DNR and volunteers to translocate the relict trillium that would be affected into a protected buffer area. Thanks to the flexibility of this developer and the aid of volunteers, about 200 relict trilliums were given a second chance.

"The City of North Augusta greatly appreciates the cooperation of Hull Storey retail Group in increasing their stream buffer to accommodate the trillium as well as allowing DNR time to remove outlying plants," said North Augusta's Caddell. "This is a model example of how local, state, and private interests can work in concert to protect the environment."

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