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Upstate Forever protects 408-acre tract

Staff Report
Published Nov. 15, 2012

Upstate Forever partnered with members of the Shaw family to preserve 408 acres of property in Oconee County, including frontage on the Chauga River.

This Shinco-Chauga tract includes approximately 1.5 miles of frontage on the Chauga River and is near Chau-Ram Park and Sumter National Forest. It is managed for timber and wildlife.

The tract is now permanently protected by a conservation agreement, which is a voluntary contract between a landowner and a qualified land trust. The agreement retains private ownership for the landowner, who relinquishes some or all of the rights to develop a property.

“Our father, a forester, raised us to have a great appreciation for the beauty and natural resources of South Carolina,” said Bart Shaw, who owns the property along with his siblings. “This conservation agreement allowed us to give back to this region of South Carolina and assist the team at Upstate Forever in their ongoing effort to protect some of the state's distinctive land.”

Upstate Forever said funding for the easement was made possible by the S.C. Conservation Bank. In May, Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation extending the life of the bank from 2013 to 2018.

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