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September 20, 2010

Monument dedicated to Dr. Timmerman unveiled at Jocassee Gorges overlook

A monument honoring Dr. James A. Timmerman Jr., who helped protect thousands of acres of mountain lands, was dedicated Sept. 13 at Jumping-Off Rock Overlook, the hallmark vista of the Jocassee Gorges.      

"I honestly believe this view here is the most spectacular in the state of South Carolina," said JohnTimmerman memorial Frampton, director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), "and it absolutely would not have been possible without the vision of Jim Timmerman."
           
A large contingent of family and friends made the long trek down the Horsepasture Road in northern Pickens County to Jumping-Off Rock Overlook to see the unveiling of the monument. The monument reads: "Dr. James A. Timmerman Jr. was director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources from 1974 to 1997. Known as 'Doc' by friends and colleagues, he was instrumental in South Carolina's purchase and protection of more than 50 square miles of land surrounded by Lake Jocassee. By resolution of the South Carolina Senate, the area was named 'The Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges' on Dec. 7, 2000. Doc's lifelong devotion to conservation is remembered with swift mountain streams, rare plant habitats and the abundance of wildlife that combine to give Jocassee Gorges its unique character and scenic beauty. His legacy for future generations is the preservation and enhanced appreciation of our natural heritage. Doc often remarked, 'God visits the beaches, but He lives in the mountains.'"

Timmerman, who died in 2005, protected thousands of acres of land for conservation during his tenure as director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and was one of the key figures in the state's acquisition of Jocassee Gorges. During Timmerman's tenure, the DNR acquired thousands of acres in heritage preserves, protecting many rare and endangered species. The ACE Basin Project became one of the nation's premiere land protection efforts. Timmerman played a key role in acquisition of the Jocassee Gorges property in his beloved Upstate region.


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