Conserving the Lowcountry

The Open Land Trust protects 32,278 acres in seven counties in South Carolina with 100 conservation easements and 50 fee properties. The Open Land Trust is South Carolina’s first and oldest land trust working to protect open spaces, natural habitats and rural communities throughout the Southern Lowcountry.


Starting with one protected property in 1989, OLT now protects thousands of acres in 7 counties in South Carolina.


OLT purchases property and creates conservation easements to protect our environment and our heritage.


We plan many educational, recreational, and social events and report on our activities and our work.


Anyone can be a part of OLT! Support us through membership, financial gifts, donations, as well as merchandise.

Our Mission

The Open Land Trust protects significant ecological and cultural places that define the natural landscape while contributing to the health and spirit of the extraordinary Lowcountry region.

Support Our Work

Annual supporters receive biannual mailings and monthly e-newsletters about the work at the Open Land Trust; supporters also receive early invitations to community events, including field trips.