Conservation Easement

484.94 acres (204.4 acres marsh)

Originally donated to the Nature Conservancy in 1998, the easement for Jehossee Farm was transferred to EIOLT in 2020. The property holds an 18 acre managed waterfowl impoundment that hosts a wide diversity of waterfowl and wading birds throughout the year. The site’s unique hydrology near the confluence of the North and South Edisto rivers creates novel wildlife habitat found in very few places on Edisto Island. The property’s size and location next to and nearby other conserved properties, as well as both state and federally managed wildlife preserves, adds to an important corridor of continuous wildlife habitat. The site is also home to some important cultural resources and historical features, like the old road bed to Jehossee Island, the only road “off” of Edisto Island until the early 1900s. The land is set to receive a makeover thanks to some habitat restoration work contingent on a Mitigation Bank proposal and will hopefully become a public park following the completion of the restoration work.

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