CHARLESTON, SC (Nov. 21, 2017)—The Open Space Institute today announced the conservation of the remaining 2,000 acres of Fairlawn Plantation. The property, which adjoins the Francis Marion National Forest, will protect invaluable longleaf pine habitat while protecting sensitive wetlands and headwaters of the Wando River.
The newly conserved property totals almost 2,000 acres and OSI expects to transfer the land to the National Forest. The project continues OSI’s ongoing effort to protect and expand the Francis Marion National Forest, having protected 5,593 acres there over the past four years.
The newly conserved land is in the heart of the 290,000-acre Francis Marion National Forest and was included as one of the U.S. Forest Service’s highest conservation priorities east of the Mississippi before OSI stepped in to protect it.