The Angel Oak on Johns Island is one of the oldest trees East of the Mississippi River. Photo credit- Samantha Siegel

The Lowcountry Land Trust (LLT) announced on Wednesday that Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), in partnership with a group of local stakeholders, will lead a comprehensive planning process for the Angel Oak Preserve. 

The Angel Oak Preserve is a highly anticipated 35-acre property surrounding the nine-acre plot of land that’s home to Johns Island’s famed Angel Oak tree. Stunning and majestic, the ancient Angel Oak is one of the largest living trees east of the Mississippi. The planning process will include public meetings, surveys, stakeholder interviews and the hopes of completing a design in early 2023. The process launches tonight with a public meeting at the John’s Island Regional Library at 7 p.m. 

The Angel Oak Preserve builds on nearly a decade of community outreach and is intended to be a publicly accessible green space that conserves the oak’s integrity as well as the surrounding ecosystem. 

Stakeholders and involved community leaders include:

  • The Avery Center
  • Coastal Conservation League
  • Lowcountry Land Trust staff and board 
  • Johns Island residents
  • City of Charleston
  • Charleston Parks Conservancy
  • Gullah/Geechee Nation
  • Town of Kiawah
  • The Progressive Club

For more information or to get involved in the planning process, visit

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