Big or small, South Carolina land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 981,852 football fields!
South Carolina land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
51 years old (1971)
20 years old (2002)
30 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve South Carolina lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of South Carolina's most pressing issues.
Tackling climate change: The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina established the Winyah-Sewee Conservation and Resiliency Planning project, which encompasses approximately 1 million acres of freshwater and tidal wetlands, cypress-tupelo swamps, floodplain forests, pitcher plant bogs, multiple barrier islands and longleaf pine forests. This is the site of the third-largest estuarine drainage area along the U.S. Atlantic coast.Read more
Protecting land for future generations: The accredited Pee Dee Land Trust engages school trips through the Black Creek BioBlitz, a series of one- to two-hour field trips with school kids as "environmental detectives" conducting inventories of native flora and fauna at the new Dargan Nature Preserve.Read more
Protecting water quality: The accredited Lowcountry Land Trust is committed to conserving healthy marshes, supporting the growth of new marshes and promoting dryland green spaces. They understand that the health of wetlands is a crucial component to managing flood levels, mitigating storm damage, and supporting marine ecosystems.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.