CHESTER COUNTY, SC (Aug. 30, 2021)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced its latest South Carolina conservation win with the transfer of 385 acres along the Catawba River to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).
OSI acquired the Landsford Tract in 2020. The largely forested property totals approximately 494 acres. The property will be conveyed to SCDNR in two phases. The first phase, which was just completed thanks to a generous grant from the South Carolina Conservation Bank, transfers 385 acres to SCDNR.
For phase two, OSI is working with the Palustrine Group to restore stream resources on the remaining 109 acres to satisfy wetland mitigation requirements associated with the new Carolina Panthers Rockhill Development. OSI expects to donate the 109 acres, subject to a conservation easement held by the Katawba Valley Land Trust, to SCDNR once restoration is complete. The public will be granted access to the entire property after all planning and management plans are complete.
In addition to creating public access, the project prevents incompatible development on the uplands and, through stream restoration, enhances the quality of the water flowing into the Catawba River just upstream of the world’s largest remaining colony of Rocky Shoals Spider Lillies, which bloom annually during May and June.