Our Privilege And Responsibility

What We Do

We are committed to protecting and preserving the Lowcountry by more than love, respect and economy. We are driven by a shared understanding that if we fail to protect these treasured lands, we will not get them back – and something even more important in our culture, economy and environment will also be lost, forever.

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust is a local land conservation organization that is focused on protecting ecologically, agriculturally, and historically significant Lowcountry lands. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; contributions from our members may be tax deductible.

How We Work

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.

Learn more about conservation easements.

One of the Nation's Most Successful Land Trusts

Since our Founding in 1986, the Lowcountry Open Land Trust has become one of the leading land trusts in the country.

Early in 1985, the residents of Parkdale subdivision acquired the 20 acre Parkdale Island, now known as Alge Island, to prevent inappropriate development. With this initial step, the residents formed the nonprofit Lowcountry Open Land Trust (LOLT) as the vehicle for protection. During the next several years, conservationists in the Charleston community recognized the value of a land trust that could work with private landowners to help restrict development on other sensitive properties. The residents of Parkdale generously offered their organization for the larger endeavor.

This community-at-large effort has given a gift to us all by laying the foundation for what has become one of the nation's most successful land trusts. In twenty-five years the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and private landowners have protected over 101,000 acres from the Savannah River to north of Georgetown.