2012 Annual Report
Due to increasing population and development, the integrity of our natural ecosystems is threatened. Sprawling development consumes forests, agricultural lands, and vital groundwater recharge areas at a pace that greatly exceeds that which population growth requires. The tendency for communities to grow inefficiently and allow inappropriate development of natural areas erodes our “sense of place” and greatly impacts our quality of life. Development of critical ecological lands significantly degrades wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities while jeopardizing the integrity of environmental processes required for the maintenance of a healthy watershed.
Beaufort County Open Land Trust permanently protects land by working with private citizens and communities. The Trust accepts donations of properties and helps landowners establish legal restrictions that limit harmful use and development. To carry out its purpose, the Trust acquires strategically important parcels of land, negotiates appropriate agreements, seeks financial support, and promotes public interest in and awareness of the Lowcountry environment.