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      Historic Charleston Foundation donates $50K to protect Angel Oak

      Angel Oak Park (Provided)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Lowcountry Open Land Trust's fundraising campaign got off to a great start with a gift of $50,000.

      The money comes from the Historic Charleston Foundation and will be used to help purchase 17 acres of land next to Angel Oak Park.

      The LOLT hopes to save the property from residential and commercial development and protect the Angel Oak in the process.

      "In keeping with the Foundation's mission, we are committed to preserving the history of Charleston through its historic urban and rural resources which give this city and region its unique character," said Kitty Robinson, President & CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation. "The Angel Oak offers a real link with history that all can enjoy now and experience in the future. The collaborative effort between the community and several institutions demonstrates its importance."

      According to the LOLT website, they need to raise $1.2 million by September 30.

      In 2007, the city of Charleston approved the sale of 42 acres around the tree to builder, Robert Demoura.{} He purchased the land for approximately $3.5 million and wanted to put 600 homes and a shopping center on the property.

      The land originally was later foreclosed on.

      A local group called Save the Angel Oak had collected 11,000 signatures on petitions to discourage development near the oak.

      If you'd like to donate, you can do so online by clicking here.

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