COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

Conserving Land Boosts The Economy

The combined impact of the agriculture, forestry, outdoor recreation and tourism sectors account for one-third of the state's economy, over $54 billion and 463,000 jobs. As a more vital and diverse economy fuels future prosperity in the Lowcountry, we must recognize economic vitality in all of its forms, including a strong rural economy that includes traditional uses of lands. Protecting agriculture, timber, livestock, and recreation maximizes our natural resources and benefit our economy without adding infrastructure.

  • 4.8 million acres of farmland and roughly 13 million acres of forestland across South Carolina are economic drivers.
  • In SC, agribusiness is the largest industry with nearly 200,000 jobs and an economic impact of $33.9 billion.
  • Outdoor recreation in SC generates $18 billion in consumer spending, $201K in SC jobs, $4.7 billion in wages and salaries, $1.0 billion in state
  • Fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing alone have an estimated combined annual economic impact of about $3.7 billion and 58,000 jobs.
  • Overall, studies show the combined impact of the agriculture, forestry, outdoor recreation and tourism sectors accounts for one-third of the state's economy, over $54 billion and 463,000 jobs, or one out of three jobs in the state.