Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

Dear Friends and Conservation Voters, When I took on the task of leading CVSC and “building a bipartisan majority for conservation” in 2003, we had a budget under $60,000 and the challenges ahead of us were great. Over the last 13 years, I have worked with dedicated board members, exceptional staff, and a community of talented professionals and volunteers. Together, we have grown CVSC to where it is thriving and stronger than ever. Our annual […]

September 7, 2016 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

With renewed efforts to reopen the Barnwell nuclear waste site, we are getting some questions about the site and how we got to where are now. I’ll try to boil it down to a few key points. The Barnwell Site is a landfill for radioactive waste. The State of South Carolina owns the site, and leases it to Chem-Nuclear to operate. The General Assembly passed the Atlantic Compact Law in 2000 to close Barnwell to waste […]

March 1, 2015 | Read More >

February 22, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ALAN HANCOCK, ALAN@CVSC.ORG OR (803) 361-1693 (c) CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA LOOKS FORWARD TO A TRANSPARENT SEARCH FOR THE NEXT DHEC DIRECTOR COLUMBIA, S.C. - Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) Executive Director Ann Timberlake issued the following statement on Eleanor Kitzman’s withdrawal from consideration for Director of DHEC: “Conservation Voters of South Carolina looks forward to a transparent and public search to replace Catherine Templeton as the next head of the […]

February 22, 2015 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

The DHEC Board hired its Director-nominee for a newly-created position while the nominee awaits Senate review. By creating a new position for the nominee with a salary potentially greater than the Director’s salary, the DHEC Board violates the spirit of the law requiring Senate advice and consent.   We have a petition to ASK SENATORS TO REJECT DHEC’S UNPRECEDENTED POWER GRAB.  Please sign if you agree that the Senate should hold the DHEC Board accountable.  DHEC enforces […]

January 28, 2015 | Read More >

Days after Catherine Templeton announced her resignation, the DHEC Board appointed a new Director, Eleanor Kitzman. Previous Boards conducted public, national searches and interviewed multiple candidates before making their decision. The current Board failed to do this. DHEC suffers from a lack of accountability: the Board is appointed by the Governor, but the Board, not the Governor, selects the Director. Fortunately, the Senate is elected by and accountable to the public – and Senators have […]

January 16, 2015 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

Today, Catherine Templeton announced her resignation as Director of the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control. We thank Director Templeton for her service to the state and we are confident that she will take the perspective she gained from within DHEC to advocate for protecting our health and our environment. DHEC has a large and complex mission and touches the lives of all South Carolinians. We urge the DHEC Board to focus its search […]

January 8, 2015 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

We were busy protecting the South Carolina you love in 2014: Here are 10 WAYS WE CAN PROVE IT. 10) The Solar Bill passed unanimously: The future of energy is now coming to South Carolina. The Greenville News wrote recently about what this means to South Carolina. 9) Almost $10 million was allocated for the Conservation Bank: All but 4 counties can boast of Bank projects. 8) Conservation leaders and utility experts are working together: A […]

December 31, 2014 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

Folks, you may remember reading about DHEC proposing a fine of $750,000 for an illegal seawall that the Wild Dunes Ocean Club Villas association built. One reason the fine was so high was that the homeowners association hid the seawall under piles of sandbags–a willful attempt to cover up what they knew to be an unlawful seawall. We appreciate when DHEC is tough on those who violate the laws that protect the environment, but yesterday a […]

November 14, 2014 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

After a long election season, we congratulate the winners. We are pleased that land conservation played a bipartisan role in several House races.  We welcome two new CVSC endorsed House members Roger Kirby (D-Florence) and Gary Clary (R-Pickens) who won their open seat contests. We celebrate the return of two of our Green Tie Champions: Rep. Walt McLeod (D-Newberry Co.) and Rep. Robert Brown (D-Charleston) who won with 60% and 55% of the vote. Other endorsed […]

November 5, 2014 | Read More >
Ann Timberlake Ann Timberlake

Tomorrow we vote. I remember my excitement when I voted for the first time. November 1968.  It was an important election (and I didn’t vote for the winner).  Tomorrow is another important election and I’m voting for Vincent Sheheen.  I want “honest leadership.” I want a Governor who cares about conservation. Vincent takes his kids boating on our rivers.  He works to protect land on his beloved Lake Wateree.  He votes to uphold the rights of citizens to […]

November 3, 2014 | Read More >