Friday, February 26, 2016 Blog

East Edisto: A landmark victory

by Andy Hollis

Yesterday was a monumental day for land conservation in South Carolina.

After planning and negotiating for nearly a decade, a major corporation, conservationists, business leaders, government officials, and members of the community came to an agreement that will conserve a swath of land nearly twice the size of Mount Pleasant — forever.

The so-called East Edisto property, owned by WestRock (formerly known as MeadWestvaco), is 72,000 acres and 19 miles long — running from Hollywood to Summerville and spanning the area from the Edisto River to Highway 165. It is a landscape of forests and fields, swamps and bogs, creeks, streams and branches in three major watersheds, extending from the Ashley River to the ACE basin.

This protection agreement represents the largest private conservation transaction in the history of South Carolina. We are proud to have been a part of it from the very beginning.

Our friends at WestRock have put together this short video sharing the story of East Edisto, and we think you’ll enjoy watching it.

East Edisto is truly a gift for this and future generations. Thank you to all who came together to make the conservation of this special place a reality.

Learn more about the East Edisto agreement on the East Edisto project page.

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