CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A large amount of land along the Savannah River in South Carolina is being protected from development.
Jonathan Winthrop told The Post and Courier of Charleston that his family put the 13,868 acres (5,612 hectares) near Allendale into a conservation easement because they love the wilderness and didn’t want to see it compromised.
Nature Conservancy Coastal and Midlands Conservation Director David Bishop says the latest gift means 60 continuous miles (97 kilometers) along the Savannah River are protected.
The value of the donated land was not disclosed.
The land was part of a plantation before the Revolutionary War and the Winthrop family has owned it since 1906. It’s been used to harvest timber, a vacation retreat and for quail hunting.