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Saving the Angel Oak

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Angel Oak is the Lowcountry's, if not the state's, most remarkable natural wonder. Estimated to be between 500-1,500 years old, it predates our country's founding. It's survived hurricanes, including big daddy Hugo, which inflicted some damage. But here's the real ring of fire: could the Angel Oak survive sprawl and myopic real estate ploys? Yes. Thanks to multi-stage funding efforts by the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, a persistent media campaign by individuals like Samantha Siegel, and the help of lots of concerned citizens and donors, not only was Angel Oak's property saved, but the adjoining property as well, giving this tree the space its needs to flourish for many more generations.

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