The Ebb and The Flow

Our Story



Ours is a story of how one person’s passion can inspire an entire community to build a lasting legacy.  

On July 8th, 1984, Bill Alge held a meeting on the dock at his Parkdale, West Ashley home for his friends and neighbors. There, he made the following proposition: The 19-acre island across the creek from their houses was for sale, and the neighbors should all pitch in to buy it.  

And so, a legacy of community conservation was born. 

A little over a year after the initial meeting, Bill Alge and his neighbors were officially granted 501(c)(3) status and the Lowcountry Open Land Trust was created. 

Those neighbors who came together on Bill Alge’s dock believed they were protecting an unobstructed viewshed—an island sanctuary they enjoyed with their families. In reality, they accomplished so much more. 

Those neighbors, everyday folks just like you and me, didn’t just protect a beautiful place—they built the Lowcountry Land Trust—the organization you support today. The organization that works with more than 500 landowners to protect 142,000 acres of Lowcountry land in 17 coastal counties in perpetuity. 142,000 acres that you helped protect, forever.

At Lowcountry Land Trust, our roots are in community conservation. And your roots are right here, with us, in the Lowcountry. 

In 1984 Bill Alge and his Parkdale neighbors showed this region just how much passion and drive can accomplish for the good of the community. Today, we’re asking you to put your passion to work. 

By giving a gift to Lowcountry Land Trust, you’re standing up as someone who wants to be part of something bigger—something better—for the future of the Lowcountry. 

By donating today, you’re counting yourself as a passionate believer in the power of one person to change a community for the better. 

Your donation is more than a gift to a good cause. It’s your commitment to continuing a legacy that values clean water, quality air, healthy wildlife habitats, open spaces, and yes, beautiful viewsheds.  

There is more work to be done. The growth pressures the Lowcountry is experiencing right now is unprecedented. Without the support of people like you, clean water, thriving wildlife habitats and healthy air quality will remain under siege.  

Please put your passion to work today by making a year-end gift to Lowcountry Land Trust. Together, we can accomplish even more for this region we love. 






Recent Posts

President's Log: August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020

Dear Friends, I hope this week’s President Log finds you well and staying healthy. What a summer it has been! I also hope you have enjoyed hearing from our very...

WE'RE HIRING: CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER
August 07, 2020

Lowcountry Land Trust seeks an experienced self-driven philanthropy professional with a passion for nonprofit excellence. The Chief Advancement Officer works closely with the President & CEO and Board of Trustees...

President's Log: August 4, 2020
August 04, 2020

Dear Friends, When I visit Land Trust properties, I like to think of the histories of these lands. Who lived there and why were they there? Was it of their...

President's Log: July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020

Dear Friends, Have you ever ventured north? No, I don’t mean New York, but South Carolina’s North Coast. It wasn’t until I transitioned into the North Coast Project Manager role...

WE’RE HIRING - COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
July 23, 2020

Lowcountry Land Trust ("LLT") seeks a Communications Coordinator who will assist in telling the story of our organization, providing a consistent brand voice and messaging across all LLT communication channels,...

Lowcountry Land Trust Permanently Protects Upper Edisto River Tract
July 21, 2020

Lowcountry Land Trust Permanently Protects Upper Edisto River Tract Willow Lake Vital for Water Qualtiy in ACE Basin Lowcountry Land Trust announced the permanent protection of 1,373 acres in the...