Protecting land for people, for wildlife, forever.
OSI in the Southeast
From coastal South Carolina to the Southern Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, the Open Space Institute has protected more than 130,000 acres across the Southeast.
OSI's impact in the Southeast was monumental in 2023. From the South Carolina coastal plain to Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, OSI saved more than 9,000 acres in the Southeast this year — an incredible achievement by any measure.
Protecting the Land that Matters Most
Jasper & Hamilton Counties, SC
OSI joined forces with The Nature Conservancy to protect 7,300 acres of Buckfield Plantation - one of South Carolina's most significant conservation victories in recent state history.
Florence County, SC
The State Scenic Lynches River, which freely flows for 160 miles from North Carolina into the Great Pee Dee and is a favorite of paddlers, birders, and anglers, gained a new county riverside park.
Charleston County, SC
Bayview Farms, which serves as the gateway to Botany Bay Heritage Preserve, secures the ancient oak-lined entrance to one of the most beloved and visited nature preserves in the state.
Horry County, SC
In a heralded alliance with corporate leaders Sustain SC and Google, as well as the Waccamaw Community Foundation, OSI protected a critical portion of Waties Island.
An addition to the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park more than doubled the size of the park, providing additional protection for significant prehistoric Indigenous mounds.
OSI protected a wild and undeveloped 685-acre parcel called Denny Cove, home to beloved rock-climbing routes and some of the nation's top hiking trails, located in eastern Tennessee.