Making A Difference


The landscape surrounding the Santee and Cooper Rivers is rapidly changing from rural to urban and suburban land uses. Unfortunately, many of the natural, cultural, and historical attributes that make the region unique can be lost in the midst of such growth unless we take action to conserve them.

Land trusts like LBCT work with private property owners to develop customized conservation strategies for their land. Typically, this results in their land being placed under a conservation easement, a legally binding agreement that restricts extensive development while allowing their property to remain in private ownership and used for traditional purposes like hunting, farming and timber management. A conservation easement is permanent, which ensures that the integrity of the land will be secured in perpetuity. The Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust has worked with many family and corporate landowners to develop conservation easement strategies for their properties, which has resulted in the protection of nearly 25,000 acres of important lands in Santee Cooper County.

For more information on the benefits of conservation for landowners, please click here for the Landowner FAQ.

Our work is made possible by generous gifts from our easement donors, members, private foundations and others who share our passion for protecting special places in fragile watersheds. For more information on how to support the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, please join us today.