The Ebb & Flow BLOG

President’s Log: November 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

We have so much to be grateful for as we move into the holiday season!
Among many other things, Lowcountry Land Trust is grateful for the opportunity to protect more land in the ACE Basin. Our most recent conservation easement, known as Magnolia Hall, is located in Colleton County along the Old Chehaw River. It contains maritime forest, mixed pine-hardwood upland forest, and wetlands, reflecting the ACE Basin’s exceptionally diverse landscape.

The 14-acre Magnolia Hall is an important piece of a puzzle comprised of more than 100,000 contiguous acres of protected lands stretching from US Highway 17 to the mouth of the St. Helena Sound, and spanning across Charleston, Colleton, and Beaufort counties. This property is part of more than 300,000 acres of protected land in the ACE Basin, preserving a network of wildlife corridors, clean water, and scenic beauty.

Placing Magnolia Hall into a conservation easement is another big win for the Lowcountry. We are immensely grateful to Dean and Jean Harrigal for contributing to the legacy of landowner-led conservation. Their foresight and generosity ensure that this critical area of the Lowcountry will be preserved for generations to come.

As the year comes to a close, we’re still hard at work protecting over 1,200 additional acres before the end of December. We couldn’t do any of this work without you. On behalf of our entire staff, we extend our most sincere gratitude. We wish you and yours a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

With Warm Regards,

David Ray
Acting CEO & Chief Conservation Officer
Lowcountry Land Trust

As we move into the busy holiday season, we will adjust the Log portion of the update to share staff highlights from the past week.

Ashton Lamb, North Coast Project Manager, and Bruce Binney, Mid Coast Project Manager, virtually attended a Greenbelt Advisory Board meeting, where multiple projects in Charleston County were discussed. The next Charleston County Greenbelt Application period is in January 2021.

Sam Seawell, Stewardship Associate, and Josh Bell, Land Protection Program Manager, completed a baseline documentation report for the Swan Hill project, which is scheduled to close in December. Look out for more information on the Swan Hill project in the coming weeks!


Be sure to mark your calendars! Next Tuesday, December 1st, is Giving Tuesday, the global movement where millions of people kick off their holiday season by donating to local nonprofits. Make this Giving Tuesday the day you invest in the future of the Lowcountry by making a gift for conservation to Lowcountry Land Trust.

Want to get a head start? Make your gift today.


[The President’s Log will feature a series of rotating guest writers, including LLT staff and board, as well as friends of Lowcountry Land Trust]

This edition of the Lowcountry Land Trust President’s Log is presented with support from Bailey Mill Plantation. Thank you!