State Sen. Chip Campsen, an Isle of Palms Republican, has filed a bill that could double the amount of protected land in the state by 2050. Some 3 million acres of land already is protected in the Palmetto State, but development is causing the loss of forests, habitats and farms, according to The Post and Courier.

The proposed measure, similar to past legislation to fund the S.C. Conservation Bank, would generate around $25 million annually without raising taxes, but by dedicating a portion of a deed recording fee to the bank’s trust fund. More: The Post and Courier 

In other headlines:

Charleston awaiting more funds for rent, utility relief, alongside Richland. Charleston and Richland counties have been leaders in the effort to distribute pandemic-related rent and utility assistance, and both counties will now receive millions more. More: The Post and Courier 

Two Lowcountry counties in top 10 in S.C. for COVID deaths. Colleton and Bamberg counties are in the top 10 in South Carolina for the highest COVID-19 death rate, according to a report compiled by Stacker using data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More: WCSC TV, Charleston City Paper

New HGTV series to feature Berkeley County development. A new series starting Feb. 28 and starring TV personality, craftsman and design expert Ty Pennington will take viewers through local neighborhoods, including Berkeley County’s Nexton community. More: Charleston Regional Business Journal

Charleston church celebrates its 225th anniversary. Charleston’s largest United Methodist Church on Sunday celebrated 225 years since its founding in 1797. More: WCBD TV

Affordability remains high priority for Rapid Transit project in Charleston. The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments is still prioritizing affordability and accessibility in its plans after being awarded a federal grant of $860,000 that’ll be used to plan for construction along the bus line. More: The Post and Courier

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