The Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) protects the Cottonwood Trail, which lies inside the Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve. The site is a few minutes east of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and is popular with runners and hikers. SPACE asked the Coalition to help eliminate kudzu along the trail. July 2007.
Volunteer Paul Savko wades into a sea of kudzu, left. Where to start? After a while, progress is made by the volunteers, right, which include Spartanburg Urban Youth Corps and Mary Walter (Executive Director of SPACE, far right in photograph). Note vines hanging from trees in the background. July 2007.
With the bridge across Lawson's Ford Creek on the right, the first photograph shows a kudzu-free bank. Kudzu covered portions of the bank when the Coalition began its work here during July 2006. The second photograph shows gapped kudzu vines. Prior to Coalition work, many trees on the banks were infested with kudzu vines. September 2007.