We protect land by conservation easement and fee ownership.
A conservation easement is a permanent, legal agreement that applies to a specific property; it is a specialized document that is tailored to each landowner and each property. The land remains in private ownership, but we visit each property at least yearly and work with the landowner to protect conservation values. Properties located in priority conservation corridors, biologically able to support threatened and endangered species, in operation as working farms and forests, and located along rivers and scenic road corridors are all strong candidates for conservation easements.
Fee ownership occurs when we chose to purchase the property directly. Some examples are some of the most iconic properties in our community including the Bay Street Bluff, Bellamy Curve, Lemon Island, and Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. In some cases, incompatible development would have occurred if we did not purchase these properties. Your support enables the purchase and stewardship of these critical properties.