Every year beautiful and valuable open space is lost to development. And nowhere is this development pressure greater than on Sea Islands such as Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. To address this situation, a group of concerned residents founded the Hilton Head Island Land Trust, a non-profit tax-exempt corporation, in 1987. The mission of the Land Trust is to preserve and protect critical natural habitat and significant historical parcels of land on Hilton Head Island for the enjoyment of future generations.
The land may be acquired by donation, outright purchase, bequest, endowment or, most commonly, conservation easement. To date, the Hilton Head Island Land Trust has protected approximately 300 acres encompassing critical and unique Sea Island habitat and an historic Civil War site. The four most significant, protected properties are Whooping Crane Pond Conservancy, Cypress Conservancy, Fort Howell Site and Northridge Tract Conservation Area.