Charleston County, SC
The Fairlawn C-1 tract is a 1550-acre property located in the heart of the Francis Marion National Forest (“FMNF”) in Charleston County, SC. Part of the critical 7,000 acre private in-holding in the FMNF, Fairlawn was deemed the highest priority for protection by the U.S. Forest Service and conservationists. The land was purchased for $4.4 million, and improvements consistent with an approved mitigation plan are in process. Upon completion of improvements, plans are to transfer the property to federal ownership for public access and recreation. The investment in Fairlawn will be recovered through wetlands compensatory mitigation funding from the new rail line to the Volvo automobile manufacturing facility, timber sales and other sources.