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Historic Coosawhatchie River Conservation Effort Expanded by the Open Space Institute and The Nature Conservancy

HAMPTON COUNTY, SC (July 25, 2022) -- The Open Space Institute (OSI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) today announced a joint, two-phase effort to permanently protect more than 7,300 acres in Coastal South Carolina’s Hampton and Jasper Counties. The protection of the property, known locally as “Buckfield,” will link ecologically significant landscapes, creating a 12,000-acre stretch of protected land in this fast-growing region, and make way for publicly accessible recreation land in the near future.

On June 30, The Nature Conservancy acquired 3,654 acres marking a bold first step in the permanent protection of Buckfield. “Buckfield’s enormous size, extensive river frontage and healthy longleaf pine forests have long made it a property of interest for conservation in county comprehensive plans and by the conservation community,” says Dale Threatt-Taylor, executive director, TNC in South Carolina. “We’re thrilled to be joining OSI in this significant conservation achievement and to be opening these lands to the people of South Carolina in the near future.”

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