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Spartanburg welcomes former SPACE intern Sam Parrott back to town as our new Executive Director. Sam, after interning for SPACE in 2016, spent six years working for Three Rivers Land Trust, a 15-county conservancy located in central North Carolina. During his time with Three Rivers, he served as the Membership and Outreach Director, the Associate Director of Conservation and most recently as Director of Stewardship. Sam is a Spartanburg native, graduating from both the Spartanburg Day School and Wofford College, where he majored in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Business.
“I am honored to serve as SPACE’s Executive Director,” Parrott says. “Spartanburg County has seen enormous growth since I lived here eight years ago. Protecting our region’s natural areas, waterways, and farmland has never been more important than it is today.”
Sam grew up exploring the Cottonwood Trail with family and friends. His love for the outdoors developed further while becoming an Eagle Scout at the Advent’s Troop 1. In his free time, you can find him in a duck blind, fly fishing, or camping. “Most of the formative experiences that led to me becoming a conservationist occurred in and around Spartanburg County,” states Parrott. “I am excited for the opportunity to conserve land today so that future generations can enjoy our region’s natural areas and become lovers of the outdoors just like I did.”
Our natural places and working lands are part of our character as a community. Through thoughtful conservation, we can keep Spartanburg wild while continuing to grow and thrive. Learn more about how SPACE works.
The Edwin M. Griffin Preserve (home of the beloved Cottonwood Trail) covers 110-acres around a 1.5 mile stretch of Lawson’s Fork Creek and several feeder streams. With over 5 miles of natural surface nature trails and Wildflower Way (1 mile of newly constructed ADA-accessible paved trail).
Located at the old Glendale Mill on Lawson’s Fork Creek.
Located on the headwaters of the Chinquapin Creek across from the Milliken Research Center.