- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) - A $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Forest Service will help protect forest land along the Catawba River and the northern end of Lake Wateree.

A news release from the Forest Service says the South Carolina project is one of seven projects in six states receiving a total of $14 million for Forest Legacy Program projects.

In South Carolina, the funds will be used to create a 3,500-acre conservation corridor along the river and the lake.

The forest service says the project will protect fish and wildlife habitat and the last large block of unprotected lakefront property in Lancaster and Kershaw counties.

Other states receiving legacy funds include Vermont, Colorado, Montana, Texas and Tennessee.

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