Thousands of Acres Preserved in South Carolina

More than 4,000 acres of land, including 2,000 acres of wetlands, will be preserved in South Carolina thanks to a wetland mitigation approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

After government agencies and conservation agencies determined which areas in South Carolina needed protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved approximately 4,000 acres which includes 2,000 acres of wetlands to be protected. This action will increase the amount of public lands and help protect land, water, and threatened and endangered species in the area.

"This investment significantly advances a national effort to protect and restore the fire-dependent native longleaf pine ecosystem," said Mark Robertson, South Carolina executive director of The Nature Conservancy. "Together, these acquisitions represent one of the largest private conservation investments in the Francis Marion National Forest and surrounding region."

"Working with our habitat protection partners on landscape scale conservation projects has been a priority of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the last two decades," said Alvin Taylor, director of the South Carolina DNR. "At DNR, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with our partners in conservation -- the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and the Open Space Institute -- in order to seek a mitigation solution that Boeing supports and meets the regulatory requirements and that will benefit fish, wildlife, their habitats, and our citizens."

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