TNC and RMS protect forested wetlands along the scenic Black River
The scenic Black River, near Andrews, SC, with its wide floodplain forest, hidden creeks, and quiet waters feels like a forgotten place, and the remnant 1,000-year old bald cypress trees are a reminder that being forgotten is sometimes a good thing.
On December 6th, six-hundred acres of forested wetlands and four miles along the scenic river was protected forever by the South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) through a permanent conservation easement funded by a grant from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) Program.
The easement tract, owned by Resource Management Service LLC (RMS), is directly across the river from TNC’s Black River Preserve and adjoins more than 9,000 acres of additional privately-owned lands under conservation easement with TNC and partner groups including Ducks Unlimited, Pee Dee Land Trust, and USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. These same partner groups helped to make the project funding possible by providing match for TNC’s NAWCA grant application, which scored among the highest in the country.
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