Lowcountry Open Land Trust

To protect and foster voluntary conservation of the irreplaceable Lowcountry forests, farmland, open spaces, wildlife habitat and wetlands, thus helping to conserve forever our community’s unique sense of place and quality of life.

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust is a local land conservation organization that is focused on preserving natural and rural land along the coastal plain of South Carolina. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so contributions from our members are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Our principal tool for protection has been voluntary conservation easements donated by private landowners. Our staff works with landowners to design easements that preserve the natural landscape and protect wildlife habitat, water quality and historic resources, while promoting traditional uses such as agriculture, hunting and forestry.

In addition to providing educational materials and advice to individuals, we hold informational seminars for groups of landowners interested in learning more about their options for land protection and conservation easements. Similarly, we sponsor continuing education courses for professionals in the fields of estate planning, accounting, real estate, banking and the law, focused on the technical and legal aspects of conservation easements.

We also provide expertise, technical assistance and material support to numerous conservation groups and partnerships in the local area, across the state and throughout the Southeast.

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Contact Lowcountry Open Land Trust

Ashley Demosthenes
Director of Conservation
43 Wentworth Street
Charleston, South Carolina  29401
Phone: (843) 577-6510
Toll Free: 1-877-877-5658
Fax: (843) 577-0501


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Allendale County, South Carolina
  • Beaufort County, South Carolina
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina
  • Charleston County, South Carolina
  • Colleton County, South Carolina
  • Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • Georgetown County, South Carolina
  • Hampton County, South Carolina
  • Horry County, South Carolina
  • Jasper County, South Carolina
  • Orangeburg County, South Carolina

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