The Lowcountry’s “ecological treasure” will remain so

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BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV) – A total of 12,000 acres just near the Jasper County, Hampton County line has been purchased and will soon become the next major area to be protected by environmentalists – and the hope is that this will be the next location Hunters, fishermen and nature lovers will hang out.

As part of the Buckfield property near Pocotaglio Road, The Nature Conservancy and the Open Air Institute are teaming up to purchase more than 7,000 acres of this important natural habitat for dozens of plant and animal species – including gopher tortoises, the build their nests anywhere in the area.

The property, described by many as an ‘ecological treasure’, will now be protected from property developers – and soon open to the public to enjoy the longleaf pines and beautiful stretches of the Coosawhatchie River.

“All the water that comes in here and buffers for crab, oysters and redfish and all the things that make Port Royal Sound and the Beaufort Jasper area so special, directly contributes to that,” says David Bishop, Coastal and Midlands Conservation Director of the Nature Conservancy.

“The ground floor for some of these epic conservation projects like the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and Hunting Island,” says Patrick Moore, senior project manager for the Open Space Initiative, “this place is going to be just as well known and just as popular in a few years.”

The next step is working with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to add the “shale property” adjacent to “Buckfield” to create a full 12,000 acres protected from development.

The goal is to make it a public area not only for hunting and fishing, but also for camping and family fun.

That could happen as early as next year.

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