CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council agreed to give $250,000 to help protect the Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island Wednesday afternoon.
The money will be used to purchase nearby land to help protect the Angel Oak Tree, which is hundreds of years old. The purchase would prevent residential development on the land, according to SaveTheAngelTree.org co-founder Samantha Siegel.
The Lowcountry Open Land Trust launched a fundraising campaign to come up with the money needed by September 30th.
Those who support preserving the massive oak tree say it's fragile and development could kill it. Supporters say the Angel Oak Preserve will remain mostly wooded.