Displaced Lexington County wildlife club has new home

tflach@thestate.comSeptember 30, 2013 

— An outdoors club is settling into a new home in Red Bank after being forced from its long-time quarters for a new neighborhood.

Leaders of the Lexington County chapter of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation say the group is moving to an 11.4-acre site on Emanuel Church Road that has two ponds and a facility for meetings.

Finding the site a month after eviction was unexpectedly quick, club secretary Ken Ivey said.

“It was like it was meant to be,” he said. “We can make this work.”

A half dozen tracts were inspected before the site was found. “We just happened to stumble across it,” club treasurer Wayne Jowers said.

Some of the 150 club members are clearing patches of overgrown greenery .

In time, the organization plans to expand its recreation instruction for youth and military veterans groups.

The club’s former headquarters on Barr Pond was an unofficial nature preserve on the outskirts of Lexington for nearly 60 years. It was lost when residential developers acquired tracts around the 124-acre pond, including one from Town Hall. Club members unsuccessfully challenged sale of the town tract.

The pond a mile west of Lexington was created for hydropower a century ago, later becoming a back-up source of drinking water until town leaders decided it was no longer needed.

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