Iconic Rock Falls in the Midlands
Read TNC-SC State Director Mark Robertson's statement below on Peach Tree Rock's recent falling.
December 10, 2013
I speak for everyone at The Nature Conservancy in saying how sad we are that Peachtree Rock at The Nature Conservancy’s Preserve has fallen, sometime in the last few days. The Rock and the other beautiful features of this site have made it a well-known destination since the time of the earliest Native Americans up to current generations. Many students, from elementary school age to university researchers, have studied the Preserve because it is an excellent place to learn about our environment. I have enjoyed many trips there with my children.
At this time we do not know exactly when or how the Rock fell. It is important to remember that natural erosion was undermining the Rock and some day it would have fallen on its own. There has been some significant vandalism of the Rock in recent years, with people cutting away the soft sandstone. The vandalism hastened the Rock’s fall, even if no one was there at the moment.
The Nature Conservancy and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources co-manage Peachtree Rock Preserve. We analyzed several options to try to maintain the Rock but in the end, none of them were feasible. Peachtree Rock Preserve is open to the public for hiking and nature study. We plan to keep it that way, because it is important that people can appreciate nature in wonderful places.
It saddens me that people vandalized this beautiful place and caused the Rock to fall sooner than it would have naturally. Nature is always changing and evolving. But the actions of people are speeding that up and damaging our environment. While Peachtree Rock may be small in the grand scheme, it symbolizes that humanity’s impacts are now affecting our entire Earth. We have to work together to sustain the lands and waters that we need to survive and thrive.
South Carolina State Director for The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.