More than 1,900 acres of land near McCord Ferry Road in Lugoff will now be protected for future generations through a partnership with local landowners and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). As part of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), the property will be restored and enhanced by the NRCS. Vernon Hammond, a representative of the Hammond Family Trust, owners of one of three tracts designated for the conservation initiative, worked with Kip Wolfe, a friend and owner of another tract, to coordinate the involvement with NRCS. Hammond said he was at first hesitant about being involved with the program, but was later grateful to have gone through the process. “I was very leery to begin with, but I have to give credit to Kip.