Protecting Our

Landscape

Conserving the Lowcountry since 1986

From estuaries and black water rivers to forests of bottomland hardwood and longleaf pine, each distinct ecosystem plays a role in supporting our Lowcountry community – ranging from food production and storm water filtration to wildlife habitat, scenic views and recreation.

Having protected over 138,000 acres across 17 coastal counties, our staff works with landowners to preserve the natural landscape and protect wildlife habitat, water quality and historic resources, while promoting traditional uses such as agriculture, hunting and forestry.

Despite its tremendous conservation legacy, the Lowcountry faces new challenges in protecting this special place. To meet these challenges the Land Trust partners with individuals, communities, state and federal agencies, as well as other conservation organizations to both enhance the accomplishments made over the last three decades and to expand the Lowcountry’s conserved footprint.

If you’re interested in learning how to protect your piece of the Lowcountry, contact us.

Conservation services

Acquisition & Protection

We utilize a suite of creative approaches to acquire, protect and steward critical properties while building and nurturing relationships with the land, our landowners and our coastal communities.

Stewardship, ecosystem management & enhancement

We utilize a suite of creative approaches to acquire, protect and steward critical properties while building and nurturing relationships with the land, our landowners and our coastal communities.

Conservation Policy & Resource Planning

From developing policy solutions to implementing creative planning tools, we consistently develop new ways to meet our community’s needs.

Conservation Finance

We leverage conservation results and explore creative financing mechanisms to maximize funding sources — finding the money to make deals happen.

Conserve Land

Conserving Lowcountry Lands since 1986

To-date, we’ve conserved lands across 17 counties, ranging in size from one acre to 12,000. And we can help you protect your land, too.

Conservation Blog Feed

Conservation

August 16, 2022

Meet Summer Intern, Mallory Rosenfeld As she begins her final school year at the College of Charleston, Mallory Rosenfeld is reflecting on how her summer internship at Lowcountry Land Trust connects to her studies. A marine biology student in the…

August 8, 2022

Putting a conservation easement on a property is the first step in a relationship that lasts forever. While many LLT staff participate in our stewardship program, our stewardship team has the primary responsibility to monitor and support compliance with Lowcountry…

July 14, 2022

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC —The Open Space Institute, Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, and Lowcountry Land Trust announce the creation of the Lewisfield Preserve: a 600-acre sanctuary of mature bottomland hardwood forests and historic inland rice fields on the Cooper River. The…

May 19, 2022

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC - Lowcountry Land Trust (LLT) today announced the sale and permanent protection of Hyde Park Plantation, a 604-acre property on the East Branch of the Cooper River in Berkeley County.   The property was acquired in 2017 by LLT…

March 29, 2022

ALLENDALE COUNTY, SC – Lowcountry Land Trust (LLT) has announced the permanent protection of 450 acres in Allendale County through a conservation easement. The property, known as Willingham Plantation, lies within the Savannah River Preserve, a sub-region of the South…

February 3, 2022

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC - Lowcountry Land Trust (LLT) has announced the permanent protection of 240 acres surrounding one of the most iconic sites in the Lowcountry, the Old Sheldon Church Ruins, a nationally significant historic site listed on the National…