DILLON, SC (October 15, 2020) — The Open Space Institute (OSI), Pee Dee Land Trust (PDLT), and Dillon County today announced the transfer of a scenic riverfront property to PDLT and Dillon County, for continued drinking water protection and flood mitigation.
The 96-acre property, originally purchased by OSI in 2018 and located to the north of Dillon County, touts 2,800 feet of scenic views on the SC Designated Scenic Little Pee Dee River. It also features habitat for a vast array of wildlife that make their home in the wetlands and upland forests. Intact watershed forests on the property act as a natural filter to clean drinking water downstream and can moderate the flow of water, reducing the risk of flooding downstream.
“With the transfer of this land, this forested wetland property is now in public hands, where it can continue to help reduce flooding threats while offering terrific recreational potential,” said Nate Barry, OSI’s senior vice president in South Carolina. “OSI is delighted to continue our commitment to South Carolina and the Little Pee Dee River, and are grateful for PDLT and Dillon County’s continued commitment to local residents and the river.”
“PDLT proudly collaborated with a large group of stakeholders to help lead this four-year project to a successful conservation outcome”, said Lyles Cooper, PDLT Executive Director. “This project is a great example of conservation organizations working with a county to help make planned economic development a reality, while preserving significant conservation resources for the community to enjoy for generations to come”.
“Dillon County is overjoyed to acquire this property. Future generations of our county will benefit not only from its recreational opportunities but also its role in mitigating flooding,” said Dillon County Council Chairman, Stevie Grice. “We thank OSI and PDLT for their tireless land protection efforts on behalf of the county.”