Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust Donates Property for Demonstration Forest

Every day we work with landowners who desire to protect the vision for their property, forever. Those interactions are inspiring and their spirit defines the essence of our work.  Other days, we have the opportunity to leverage our broad base of community contacts to orchestrate an arrangement that benefits even more people.  Yesterday's Post and Courier featured one of those projects. 

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Catching the Conservation Fever at Cainhoy

Not many things beat a spring evening on historic property along the Cooper River, especially when the evening includes locally sourced foods and 300 friends in conservation.  Our Woods and Waters River Shindig was a true celebration of the land we work to protect and the people who so generously support that work.

Since 1992, we’ve protected nearly 35,000 acres through easement and acquisition. Our progress is significant, yet the needs are urgent and ongoing.  According to a recent study by the American Farmland Trust, over the last 20 years more than 31 million acres of ag and woodland have been permanently converted to development. At Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, we embrace a robust economy where conservation of special places is a priority.

That’s where our donors come in. Your gifts to the Woods and Water event including ticket purchases, sponsorships, in kind donations, and financial gifts, totaled more than $45,000.  We are humbled by your kindness and look forward to sharing more conservation success stories with you.

11,000 acres Surrounding Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion’s Burial Grounds are Protected

Over 9,355 acres of native pineland surrounding Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion’s burial grounds in Berkeley County were recently conserved by the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust.  The Oakland Club property encompasses several historic French Huguenot plantations on the Santee River that were once owned by the Marion family, and where the legendary Revolutionary War hero and his family are now buried.  Visitors of the historic landmark will forever be able to enjoy the natural vistas of pine forest and native grasses surrounding the site.   The owners anticipate conveying conservation easements on an additional 1,800 acres located in the Santee River watershed before the year’s end. 

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