Boeing worked in partnership with federal, state and local agencies and conservation organizations to identify the tracts for preservation, which achieves conservation goals of regional and national significance. The result will be a substantial increase in public lands, public access, and protections of land, water quality and several rare, threatened and endangered wildlife species.
The three tracts of land were closed on earlier this year. Boeing funded the purchase of one tract by the Lowcountry Open Land Trust (LOLT). LOLT will hold the property for up to five years and then transfer it to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for long-term ownership and management. Boeing funded the purchase of the other two tracts by The Open Space Institute (OSI) and The Nature Conservancy. OSI and The Nature Conservancy will hold the property for up to five years and then transfer it to the U.S. Forest Service for long-term ownership and management as part of the Francis Marion National Forest.