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Conservation pact to protect 11000 acres in Berkeley County

A new conservation agreement is set to protect more than 11,000 acres in Berkeley County — the size of the Charleston peninsula, Daniel Island and old Mount Pleasant combined. The agreement involves the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust[1] placing conservation easements on three parcels — a 9,355-acre tract, an 1,185-acre tract and a 622-acre tract — belonging to the Oakland Club, a privately owned nonprofit that manages the land. Members hold hunting retreats and manage the wildlife on the property.

The site, covered mostly by pine, wetlands and native grasses, encompasses several French Huguenot plantations on the Santee River formerly owned by the Marion family, as well as Revolutionary War Gen. Francis Marion’s gravesite. The acreage includes 10 miles along the Santee River and 1 mile of The Palmetto Trail[2].

Ten miles of public highways meander through the property. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service[3], biologists from the S.C.

Coastal Program developed a report for the easement that found the lands are home to several state species of concern and federally protected species, including bobwhite quail, Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, swallow-tailed kites and red-cockaded woodpeckers. The S.C. Conservation Bank[4] allocated £3.6 million to the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust to buy the easements.

The land has a fair market value[5] of more than £24 million, but through a so-called bargain sale, the trust is buying the easements at 30% of the value, with the Oakland Club donating the remaining 70% in value. The conservation trust closed on the largest parcel first, for roughly £2.9 million. The bank contributed £1.5 million and the trust contributed £1.4 million for the 9,355 acres.

The trust plans to close on the remaining 1,800 acres before the end of the year, assuming the conservation bank is funded amid budget constraints. The Oakland Club remains as the landowner, and the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust acts as the steward over the easement, preventing residential, commercial or industrial development. Mining and golf courses are also prohibited.

Raleigh West III, executive director of the trust, said conservation easements are an option for protecting land perpetually, as opposed to outright land buys, which typically cost more and require ongoing maintenance for public access. “The main public benefit of this is the ecological and cultural assets that are protected,” West said. The owners also donated 25 acres for educational purposes.

The Oakland Club plans to use the proceeds from the easement purchases to fund wildlife habitats on the land.


  1. ^ Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust (www.lordberkeley.org)
  2. ^ The Palmetto Trail (palmettoconservation.org)
  3. ^ U.S.

    Fish and Wildlife Service (www.fws.gov)

  4. ^ S.C.

    Conservation Bank (sccbank.sc.gov)

  5. ^ fair market value (sccbank.sc.gov)

Looking for an Umbrella That Would Stick Even in the Harshest Weather Conditions?

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Buy windproof umbrellas and you will not be disappointed, irrespective of wind storm of any category! These umbrellas are made of highly sustainable material that is thoroughly checked before going into manufacturing. Also the great quality steel frame makes these umbrellas stand through winds of even up to 50mph or more than that!

Wind proof umbrellas are manufactured to stand through high gusty winds that will help you stand firm and care free while saving you from any problem whatsoever. Also, wind resistant umbrellas should survive through any storm and keep you safe from drenching in extremely cold water that may take life out of you! Strong gusty winds highly tend to create havoc and may also take you off the ground for some time but, keep in mind that you should not expect these to withstand strong gusts of 100 mile per hour.

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Buy windproof umbrellas to avoid looking like you have just come from a rigorous and deadly fight with someone!

Product review: OptraSculpt Next Generation composite contouring …

WE ARE DENTISTS. WE RESTORE TEETH, RIGHT? So why are some restorations so darn difficult, even for the best of us? I personally believe that composite restorations are among the most difficult things we do in dentistry.

We have so many things to consider: complete versus incomplete caries removal, isolation, etching, dentin bonding agents, glass ionomers versus resin versus amalgam (are people still placing amalgam?!), contouring the restoration, sealing the cavosurface margins, and (of course) aesthetics, function, and minimizing the risk of caries recurrence.

I’ve placed many composite restorations that I felt proud of upon completion, only to be less than impressed when the patient returned for bitewings. I have also placed composites in situations where I was happy just to have completed them, and then later I discovered that they look amazing on radiographs and have maintained their function and longevity, despite my own personal negative critique of the outcome. I have accepted that I am on a lifelong journey to create beautiful and functional composite restorations.

I hope that one day I will be more content with them than critical of them. When placing a composite restoration, I strive to create a condensed restoration that is sealed and polished to impede bacterial adhesion and accumulation. I also strive to create a restoration with contours that mimic nature and function optimally.

To accomplish this, instrument choice is key.

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I have been using OptraSculpt Pads (Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.) since they first became available, and I have found that they have become my go-to tools for condensing composites. If you are unfamiliar with the OptraSculpt Pad[1], it is an instrument handle that holds single-use foam pad inserts. The round foam pad inserts are available in two diameters, 4 mm and 6 mm, and they are slightly spongy and nonstick.

You can press the composite into place, and the composite will stay where you want it to stay! Also, the kits are designed so you can easily pick up the inserts without contaminating other inserts. When I heard about OptraSculpt Next Generation, I couldn’t wait to try it.

In addition to the OptraSculpt Pad, OptraSculpt Next Generation offers attachments that are shaped like a ball, a chisel, and a pointed tip that attach to a handle designed for ideal access to posterior teeth. Each attachment has a nonstick surface and is extremely helpful for manipulating composite.

OptraSculpt Pad

This foam pad insert is ideal for condensing anterior and posterior composites. Although I find this insert to be relatively universal, I think it’s especially useful for condensing composite on incisal edges, smooth surfaces, or single-surface restorations, and for sealing screw access holes on implant-supported restorations.

This insert is exceptional for incremental placement of composite in large restorations and for the optimal condensation of composite and the minimization of voids.

OptraSculpt Next Generation ball attachment

This insert is especially useful for burnishing composite margins, condensing composite into small preparations, and distributing sealant material over pits and fissures. In addition, this attachment is useful for rounding marginal ridges.

OptraSculpt Next Generation chisel attachment

This attachment is particularly useful for the following applications:

o Creating anatomic marginal ridges in class II restorations

o Creating grooves and primary anatomy

o Condensing composite into class V restorations

OptraSculpt Next Generation pointed tip attachment

This attachment is useful for creating anatomic pits, grooves, and secondary anatomy, and for delivering occlusal stain if you like to go the extra mile to create lifelike occlusal anatomy. The American Dental Association Annual Session is coming up in a few weeks.

When you get there, visit the Ivoclar Vivadent booth and check out the new OptraSculpt Next Generation. It has significantly improved my posterior composite restorations and my attitude when I see posterior composites on my schedule!

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Pearls for Your Practice: The Product Navigator. Click here[2] to subscribe. Click here[3] to submit a products article for consideration.

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is an editorial director for Pearls for Your Practice: The Product Navigator, an e-newsletter from DentistryIQ and Dental Economics. She was a dental hygienist before earning her DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and her certificate in advanced prosthodontics from the UCLA School of Dentistry. She teaches, and she maintains a private practice in Salem, Massachusetts.

In 2010 her practice was named the Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year by the American Dental Association.

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  1. ^ OptraSculpt Pad (www.dentaleconomics.com)
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