At OSI, we protect land for people, for wildlife, forever. In South Carolina, our work is no different yet increasingly urgent. Blessed with blackwater cypress swamps, rural sea islands, and the breathtaking Blue Ridge mountains, South Carolina also is home to some of the fastest-growing areas on the Atlantic Coast.
As one of the most effective land protection organizations in South Carolina, OSI is helping to restore the critical longleaf pine ecosystem, and we were instrumental in protecting the last sizeable inholding in the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, an incredibly important area for a number of at-risk and endangered species.
Most recently, OSI made one of the largest conservation investments in South Carolina history with the acquisition of the $16 million Slater tract; helped secure the Hasty Point property to increase equitable access to the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge; and launched a comprehensive, community-based planning initiative that will shape the vision for the Black River Water Trail & Park Network.
Since 2012 and in partnership with over 30 land conservation groups, we’ve conserved more than 35,000 acres in South Carolina. Over 99% of the land we protect will be publicly accessible, forever.
For more about our impact in South Carolina, read the "Open Space Institute in South Carolina" brochure.