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      Congaree National Park grows with purchase of 625 acres

      COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A land conservancy has bought 625 acres to add to the Congaree National Park.

      The addition is about one-third of the only large privately owned tract in a 30-mile wildlife corridor along the east bank of the Congaree River.

      The (Columbia) State reports that the Trust for Public Land bought the tract for $2 million last and plans to sell it to the National Park Service when federal money becomes available.

      The 625 acres borders the main land area of the park in southeastern Richland County. Other parts of the larger tract include the rest of a 4-mile lake ideal for paddling and fishing. A dirt road system also would be good for bike traffic, which isn't currently allowed in the park.

      The park is South Carolina's only national park.

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