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.
As we prepare for the holidays and 2017 draws to a close it is easy to get lost in the busyness of the season. And while we are thankful all year, this season reminds us to focus on the many reasons we have to be thankful.
We are thankful to call this beautiful region home and we are thankful for our donors who have propelled the successful conservation of nearly 35,000 acres of land and over 40 miles of river frontage.
We are excited to share a few of the highlights of 2017:
Oakland Conservation Easement: Protected over 9,500 acres of native pine land surrounding Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion’s burial grounds in Berkeley County. 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. This project also protects scenic vistas along a mile of the Palmetto Trail and ten miles of public highways. The vast property will be encumbered by a conservation easement held by the Trust, which will prevent it from being developed for residential, commercial or industrial purposes in perpetuity. The owners also donated outright a tract of timberland that will be used to educate local landowners on sustainable forestry practices.
Fort Fair Lawn: In September 2016, the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust secured $2 Million needed to close on the purchase of the historic Fort Fair Lawn site along with 80 surrounding acres. This year we conducted a thorough archeological review of the site and began work to design a masterplan for the property. By the end of 2018, we hope to open the Fort Fair Lawn site to the public for educational and passive recreational purposes as an expansion of the adjoining Old Santee Canal State Park.
- Stewardship: The Trust continually monitors the properties we own and the conservation easements we hold to ensure the permanent protection of their conservation values. This year we stewarded over our portfolio of 45 properties, which collectively protects over 40 miles of river frontage and nearly 35,000 acres of important landscapes.
Our continued success is dependent upon financial donations from people who believe in the importance of what we are doing. Please consider giving to the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust. With your continued support, we will build on our recent momentum and continue our work to protect this special place we all call home. Donations can be made online at www.lordberkeley.org/donate or by mail to 223 East Main St., Ste. B, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
We hope your holidays are filled with family, friends and some time outdoors!
Raleigh & Adair
The rain did not dampen the celebration at the Annual Membership Celebration. Over 180 people joined us to celebrate 25 years of conservation work in Lowcountry, and we had a lot to celebrate this year!Read More
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.
"The Daniel Island tract would be the first saltwater mitigation project in the LBCT’s history, but taking on new, different methods to serve their greater mission is what the organization is all about, according to Raleigh West, the LBCT’s executive director. "