The Beaufort County Open Land Trust is proud to partner with Beaufort County Rural and Critical Land Preservation. Since 2000, the Beaufort County Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program has preserved over 23,500 acres for conservation, parks, buffers, scenic vistas and for preservation of valuable economic and natural resources. The County has acquired land via an ordinary fee simple purchase or by a purchase or donation of development rights, which often allows the property owner and his family to remain on the land and use it for farming, hunting, fishing or other historic purposes agreed upon at the time of sale.
Since taking over administration of the program in 2010, BCOLT has protected more than 6,000 acres through the Program. Highlights include:
- Protection of large working farms from conversion through conservation easements on St. Helena Island.
- Partnership with the MCAS-B to buffer the installation with easements to allow continuation of its mission.
- Protection of historic sites such as Penn Center.
- Protection of rural land from incompatible development on Lands End, Pinckney Point, and Bindon Plantation.
- Protection of water quality through the purchase of a buffer on the Graves property on the Okatie River and Garvey Hall on the New River.
- Purchase of land for passive parks including Okatie Preserve and Factory Creek Park.
- Protection of the “unofficial” entrance to Beaufort County with the Campbell easement in Gardens Corner.
To see a list of Rural and Critical projects visit their website.