505 Acre Edisto Island Tract Preserved


August 20, 2008

Swarms of migrating birds, wading birds, ospreys and eagles have fed for years in paradise along the Intracoastal Waterway on Edisto Island. Paradise hasn’t been lost.
The Edisto Island Open Land Trust has gotten a conservation agreement on 505 acres of the former Paradise Shrimp farm that had been sought by developers for a subdivision and condominiums.

The tract includes 35 ponds and 4,000 feet of marsh frontage below the McKinley Washington Bridge over the Dawhoo River and a stretch along S.C. Highway 174.

Development would be limited to a handful of homes, said Marian Brailsford, the trust’s executive director. The land is the biggest tract preserved by the trust and complements large tracts preserved alongside it. The $1 million easement was paid for with $900,00 from the Charleston County Greenbelt Bank and $100,000 from the South Carolina Conservation Bank.


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