A ceremony was held Friday January 28, 2011, to commemorate the transfer of ownership of the natural areas on Sandy Island from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina. SCDOT purchased the natural areas of the island in December of 1996 as a wetlands mitigation bank to allow highway projects in the coastal areas of the state to begin construction. The acquisition of Sandy Island permitted SCDOT to create a mitigation bank of more than 9,000 acres.
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Cutline information: From left are: Bob Lee, SC Division Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration; Lieutenant Colonel Jason A Kirk, U.S. Army Commander and District Engineer; Arnold M. Nemirow, The Nature Conservancy - SC Chapter; Bob Perry, SC Department of Natural Resources; Daniel H. Isaac Jr., SCDOT Commission Chairman; H.B. Limehouse Jr., SC Secretary of Transportation; Executive Director Mark L. Robertson, The Nature Conservancy - SC Chapter; SCDOT Commissioner Harrison Rearden, Sixth Congressional District; Craig Sasser, Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge.