Non Profit Minute – Stuart White, Congaree Land Trust

November 10, 2020

The Who’s on the Move, Non Profit Minute is a quick, two-minute interview in support of the amazing impact that local non profits have on our communities.

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Non Profit Minute – Stuart White, Executive Director, Congaree Land Trust

The Congaree Land Trust (CLT) was founded in 1992 by seven individuals committed to conserving the natural and scenic lands, farms, waterways, forests, and open spaces that sustain us in central South Carolina. Their work spans 14 counties where the mountains have literally met the sea (Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, and Williamsburg).

Since its inception, CLT has conserved over 80,000 acres, representing 172 individual properties of priority conservation land.

CLT’s focus is on supporting economic vitality, promoting healthy lifestyles, safeguarding drinking water and clean air quality, and protecting our local quality of life. Farming, forestry, outdoor recreation and tourism, all tied to South Carolina’s natural resources, contribute approximately $54 billion to the state’s economy and provide over 463,000 jobs.

A conservation easement (CE) is a tool landowners can use to voluntarily protect their land. It is a legal agreement between a landowner and a private, nonprofit conservation organization, like the Congaree Land Trust (CLT), or a government agency, that permanently protects a property from development and subdivision.

On October 29, the Congaree Land Trust announced a collaborative conservation of 5,620 acres east of Fort Jackson Military Base and south of McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Richland County.