Over 9,355 acres of native pineland surrounding Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion’s burial grounds in Berkeley County were recently conserved by the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust. The Oakland Club property encompasses several historic French Huguenot plantations on the Santee River that were once owned by the Marion family, and where the legendary Revolutionary War hero and his family are now buried. Visitors of the historic landmark will forever be able to enjoy the natural vistas of pine forest and native grasses surrounding the site. The owners anticipate conveying conservation easements on an additional 1,800 acres located in the Santee River watershed before the year’s end.
"The Daniel Island tract would be the first saltwater mitigation project in the LBCT’s history, but taking on new, different methods to serve their greater mission is what the organization is all about, according to Raleigh West, the LBCT’s executive director. "