‘An Historic Gift’

Upstate conservation groups join

to protect Nine Times Forest

Naturaland Trust, Upstate Forever purchase 1,648 acres

COUNTY — Naturaland Trust and Upstate Forever have succeeded in protecting one of South Carolina’s most special places — the 1,648-acre Nine Times Forest in Pickens County.

An ecological jewel, the property contains three mountains of stunning granite outcroppings as well as streams, creeks and stands of hardwoods. Located in close proximity to Jocassee Gorges, the tract also provides exceptional habitat for bear and

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