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The Open Space Institute recently purchased a 328-acre tract along the creek, which will be turned over to a private owner under a conservation easement. It helps connect one of the last large missing links of protected land in the long-sought greenbelt around Charleston
Nearly 600 acres of the Lewisfield Plantation are under contract to be sold to conservation groups. One of the last unprotected yet undeveloped pieces of the richly historic and environmentally valuable Cooper River ricefields, it sits near Gippy Plantation, where a controversial development is proposed.
Brackish tidal marshes are the most threatened wetlands on the South Carolina coast, disappearing an acre at a time as seas rise.