Oakland Plantation Protected
The Gregorie family and the Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation have helped protect 133 acres of land rich in both nature and history.
John Girault, Executive Director for the foundation stated that “they were honored to collaborate with the Gregorie family on the completion of a very significant conservation easement.” The formation of this agreement will protect the many conservation values Oakland Plantation has to offer.
In 2003, during the initial phases of development at the Market at Oakland, off Highway 17 North, the Town of Mount Pleasant played an instrumental role in the development of this agreement by introducing the Gregorie family to the Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation. As a result, this partnership wrote a conservation easement that carries a great deal of significance for this community. In the case of Oakland Plantation/The Market at Oakland, the land that has been preserved in perpetuity is double in size of the land that has been developed.
"The process of creating the conservation easement took a long time but deliberately so," says Shay Gregorie, partner of Oakland Associates. "We've been blessed to have this plantation in our family for the last 150 years, so it's an important decision and we treated it as such. The Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation was patient and worked with us in ensuring the agreement met our needs for future generations of our family while protecting the significant conservation values on the property," says Gregorie. "Nowadays it is extremely difficult to hold on to family land, so the Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation's help is extremely valuable."
As a founding MPOSF board member and Chair Emeritus, General Thomas Mikolajcik has played an instrumental role during the creation of the MPOSF and helped forge the relationship with the Gregorie family. “This is an historic milestone for the Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation and one we should all be proud of.” said General Thomas Mikolajcik.
“I stand humble with the Gregorie family as they set an example of their commitment for conservation and with my fellow board member General Thomas Mikolajcik who stands for public service and a better future for all. Oakland Plantation will be the 133 acres to lead us into a true movement of East Cooper preservation.” stated Susan Duffie, Chairman of the MPOSF. “The MPOSF extends its gratitude to the Gregorie family for leaving a legacy of land that will be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come and for setting a wonderful example of conservation mindedness for the whole community to follow.” John Girault
Photo courtesy of Mount Pleasant Open Space Foundation. Looking southwest on the 133 acre site, the brackish marsh is dominated by needle thrush