Land Trust focuses on entire East Cooper area

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy announced plans to redefine their geographic scope to more effectively address the rapid population growth occurring in and around Mount Pleasant.

The organization will focus their land conservation efforts on the East Cooper area. With their change in focus area comes a new name: East Cooper Land Trust.

The new focus area includes Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, Awendaw, McClellanville and the surrounding unincorporated areas.

“One of the biggest conservation challenges in the East Cooper area is how do we foster the economic benefits of rapid growth without losing the natural community characteristics we all love.

“If we do not work now to conserve natural areas, they will be lost forever,” says Catherine Main, executive director.

Rapid growth is nothing new for the East Cooper area. The population of Mount Pleasant grew by 42 percent between 2000 and 2010. Rural communities to the east including Awendaw and McClellanville are beginning to experience a building boom.

“Our new name reflects our commitment to conserving the East Cooper area’s natural spaces, thus the quality of life for current and future generations” says Jonathan Lamb, chairman of the board.

For a land trust, citizen support is essential. Land trusts are a mechanism for citizen involvement in the future of their community - thus the motto “Our Present for the Future”.

Mayor Billy Swails has endorsed the East Cooper Land Trust and says “being able to live east of the Cooper and enjoying everything it has to offer such as beautiful land and scenery is a great benefit for everyone”.

Visit the website eastcooperland.org to see how you can get involved today.

Upcoming events

Saturday, Oct. 5, “Paddle for Membership Day” on Shem Creek. Paddleboard or kayak for free when you become an annual member. Space is limited. Visit eastcooperland.org for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 14, “A Night for East Cooper” at Alhambra Hall - a celebration of the East Cooper Land Trust. Space is limited. Visit eastcooperland.org for more information.

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