A land trust is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect land forever. This is typically accomplished by helping landowners protect the character and valuable natural resources on their property with conservation easements. In addition to the landowner’s benefit of preserving their land and legacy, there are substantial community benefits including clean water, protected scenic views, and native wildlife habitats. Protecting these conservation values benefits both future generations of landowners and the community as a whole.
For Gale, it has always been easy to understand her father’s community-wide effort to conserve Alge Island, which ultimately led to the founding of Lowcountry Land Trust in 1986. All she has to do is stand in the backyard and look out to the Stono River. But, for the neighborhood just east of hers, backyard views were eventually replaced by a cluster of condominiums. Gale’s view now stands as a reminder not only of the importance of the protection of Alge Island but also of the threat of development it once faced.
“Our land is Bailey Mill Plantation and is just under 3,000-acres. We chose the land for its high site-quality for southern pine with the best soils and climate for growing pine in the United States. We practice intensive silviculture, sustainable forestry, and quality wildlife habitat development that fits our conservation orientation and Lowcountry lifestyle.” The Porters have placed a conservation easement held by Lowcountry Land Trust on their property to ensure their land will forever remain forest land.
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THE EBB & FLOW BLOG: CONSERVATION EASEMENTS
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC – Lowcountry Land Trust announced today the permanent protection of 33 acres on the Ashley River in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most iconic landscapes,
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By working together with community leaders, private landowners, businesses, and other conservation organizations, we can protect the open land that we need for agriculture, wildlife habitat, resilient infrastructure, and recreational enjoyment.
Our 2025 goal is to surpass 170,000 LLT-conserved acres by protecting properties highly significant to rural landscapes, urbanizing communities, and the Lowcountry’s sense of place.