RICHLAND COUNTY, SC—Building upon the more than 12,000 acres it has already conserved in South Carolina, the Open Space Institute (OSI) has protected bottomland hardwood swamp adjacent to Congaree National Park, just outside of the City of Columbia. The project safeguards land for old-growth forests while securing a section of, and enhancing public safety around, a popular creek for paddlers.
The approximately 150-acre “Running Lake Creek” tract is named for a creek that is the southern boundary of the property, which also contains large cypress tupelo trees. The land is adjacent to the northern border of Congaree National Park, which holds the largest contiguous tract of old-growth hardwood forests in North America.
“For generations to come, the Running Lake Creek property will be a priceless inheritance, connecting people of all ages to this wonderful landscape,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “OSI is proud to have protected this significant property, and we thank our partners the Friends of Congaree Swamp, National Park Foundation, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and many others for their tireless work on safeguarding the state’s natural resources.”