KINGSTREE, SC (May 27, 2020) — The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the protection of nearly 310 acres of wetlands and forests along the Black River. The completed project marks OSI’s sixth conservation victory along the celebrated river, and brings the total number of acres it has protected to more than 2,000.
Conservation of the “Hinds-Canada” property will provide new recreational offerings along the river, renowned for its magnificent paddling, birding, and fishing opportunities. Its protection will also support the restoration of wildlife habitat, while safeguarding local communities from flooding by protecting low-lying areas from development. The property also has historical significance as the site of a Revolutionary War battle.
“For generations to come, the Hinds-Canada property will be a priceless inheritance, protecting local communities from flooding threats while saving local taxpayer dollars, and creating recreational opportunities along the stunning Black River,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “We thank the South Carolina Conservation Bank, The Nature Conservancy, and the Black River Scenic Council for their tireless work to safeguard South Carolina’s scenic and natural resources.”