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