1,500 acres of historic land have been added to the Francis Marion Nationwide Forest in SC

Posted by Jeff on Nov 13, 2020 @ 6:41 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: November 12, 2020

Located north of McClellanville, SC, the 1,450-acre White Oak Atlantic Creosote property contains an extensive network of dirt roads through some of the most beautiful native long-leaved pine forests in the Lowcountry. The property was purchased by White Oak Forestry Corporation – a local company that manages and preserves thousands of acres of significant forest in and around the Santee Delta.

The property is bordered on three sides by 4 million acres of national forest and is on the other side of Highway 17 from the 22,000 acre Santee Coastal Reserve and beyond the 60,000 acre Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. White Oak is the largest acquisition in the Charleston County Greenbelt Program.

The 1,450 acres are also the largest private holding in the Francis Marion and the seventh expansion of the National Forest by the Open Space Institute, which has maintained more than 8,100 acres in and around the forest since completing its first project in 2014.

The roads and trails in the area will make the forest more accessible for hiking, bird watching, and hunting, and will provide a natural habitat for a wide variety of local species.

This land, which was once part of the Peachtree Plantation on the Santee River – owned by Declaration Signer Thomas Lynch III and celebrated by Poet Prize winner Archibald Rutledge – will now belong to the public.

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