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2010 Environmental Awareness Award Winner Announced

Jul 12, 2011 | News

​Frank S. Holleman, III is the winner of the 2010 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award.

A native of Seneca in Oconee County, Holleman received the award for his exceptional leadership, creativity, and passion for conservation and education efforts. Holleman’s ability to work with landowners, forge new partnerships, and leverage public and private funding sources has led to conservation successes.

During his leadership at Naturaland Trust, one of the oldest land conservation trusts in the Southeast, Holleman was instrumental to the success of two projects: the Blue Wall Connection and Stumphouse Mountain.

The Blue Wall Connection—the southern anchor of the Mountain Bridge conservation initiative begun in the 1970s—links the Saluda watershed with conservation properties across the Blue Ridge escarpment in South Carolina.

Over the past five years, Holleman achieved the addition of 500 acres to the existing 30,000 acres of critical conservation lands to the area bordering Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway and the South Saluda River, including 9 tracts acquired by Naturaland Trust.

Holleman’s second successful conservation effort is the Stumphouse Mountain project. This property, located in Oconee County, was close to being sold to a developer from Florida.

Holleman was the driving force in saving nearly 1,000 acres of mountain habitats, including Issaqueena Falls and other public recreation areas. He was able to bring together 1,118 private donors, state resources, a municipality, and non-governmental organizations to raise the $4.5 million dollars needed to protect this environmentally sensitive area.

The project paved the way for the establishment of the 442-acre Stumphouse Mountain Heritage Preserve now managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The South Carolina General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award in 1992 to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation, and improvement of the state’s natural resources.

Members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.