Leading the Way
Since 1969, when it completed its first project in South Carolina by acquiring 1,711 acres of cypress-tupelo forest at Four Hole Swamp, The Nature Conservancy has led land protection efforts in the state, engaging public-private partnerships to maximize the benefit of conservation for people and nature. The South Carolina Chapter officially was chartered in 1978 and, to date, has protected more than 330,000 acres.
Kristen Austin, the Conservancy’s Southern Blue Ridge program director recommends her favorite fall hikes.
Fall is a great time for camping, but make sure you don't bring uninvited guests.
Learn how improving the Savannah River's flow can help our feathered friends.
Conservancy scientists in South Carolina are finally starting to understand the rare and enigmatic swallow-tailed kite—and how climate change is eroding the bird’s habitat.
More than 150 volunteers helped us build a 240-foot oyster reef off the coast of Goldbug Island.
Intrigued by the graceful swallow-tailed kite? Conservancy ornithologist and swallow-tailed kite expert Maria Whitehead has tips for beginning birders.
Your support is reopening Georgetown County’s Rocky Point—a haven for South Carolina's nature lovers and wildlife like the swallow-tailed kite.
Our seasonal fire crew takes you behind-the-scenes of a burn preparation on Sandy Island!
Get a glimpse of South Carolina's high-flying swallow-tailed kites and the scientists working to save them.
Five reasons we're grateful to YOU for helping make South Carolina better in 2015!
A big burn is coming to the Southern Blue Ridge, and that's good news for plants and wildlife.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resource’s ‘burn boss’ is prepping for the big one.
Bald eagles are back in South Carolina! Find out how you’re making a difference for these iconic birds in the Lowcountry.
Get the Chef's take on seafood, sustainability and how the health of the ocean affects the restaurant scene.
Read about the contributions of one of South Carolina's most tireless conservationists in this resolution from our Board of Trustees.
This South Carolina honorary trustee's genius lay in making conservation mainstream.
New ways of mapping fish habitat are offering hope for a sustainable way forward.
Beaches are associated with relaxation, but our oceans and coasts are teeming with activity, from shipping lanes to sea turtle migration routes. How do we balance it all?
Watch a slideshow from our workshop for Lowcountry landowners to help them steward their properties.
The Nature Conservancy is working to maintain the central role of fire in the health of South Carolina's forests. Watch a slideshow.
The Southern Blue Ridge is a land of wonder and resilience, and there is no better time than the spring to explore it.
A new hiking loop, informational kiosks and trail map will help visitors enjoy Sandy Island Preserve.
The founder and president of Half-Moon Outfitters gives to the Conservancy to protect the wild places that he loves to explore.
For Caroline Mauldin, it's about a deep connection to nature in her home state and around the world.
This interactive Geostory takes you on a photographic tour of oyster restoration work in South Carolina.
More than 140 plant species can be found in one square kilometer of longleaf pine forest.
The Conservancy's marine conservation efforts in South Carolina are focused on restoring the health of our magnificent oyster reefs and the link between land and water conservation.
These Charleston-born brothers are sustained by the Lowcountry. Learn more about their connection to the place they call home.
A series of new condominiums appeared recently along the shores of a tiny island in Cape Romain.
Area restaurants participate in an innovative oyster shell recycling program to help restore reefs.
Professional photographer Clay Bolt talks about connecting with nature through photography and shows how he captures his remarkable images of wildlife.
South Carolina has some of the best remaining populations of this mussel species.
Owner Billy Exley returns to his childhood home, the Recess Plantation