Boeing received federal approval on a comprehensive wetlands mitigation plan to preserve 4,000 acres of land in South Carolina, including more than 2,000 acres of wetlands, near the Francis Marion National Forest.

Boeing worked in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state and local agencies and conservation organizations to identify the tracts for preservation, which the company said results in a substantial increase in public lands, public access, and protections of water quality and several threatened and endangered wildlife species.

One of the partners, Mark Robertson, South Carolina executive director of The Nature Conservancy said, “This investment significantly advances a national effort to protect and restore the fire dependent native longleaf pine ecosystem.”

“Together, these acquisitions represent one of the largest private conservation investments in the Francis Marion National Forest and surrounding region.”

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Three Wood Storks at Sunrise by Andrea Westmoreland via CC license

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