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Mission

To conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources, preserve historic landmarks, and promote active outdoor recreation on the Palmetto Trail and other greenways.

Fast Facts

  • Founded 1989
  • Statewide Organization
  • Nonprofit—501(c)(3)
  • Offices: Columbia and Glendale, SC
  • Best-known Project: The Palmetto Trail
  • Least-known Focus: Revolutionary War battlefield preservation and restoration (Cowpens, Camden)
  • Best Resource: Glendale Outdoor Leadership School
  • Least-known Resource: PCF Press, publishing historical, educational, and recreational titles
  • Best Advocates: Our members and volunteers—Three Cheers!
  • Best Supporters: Our partners—corporate, foundation, government, and individual—Thank You!
  • Awesome Volunteers: Cadets at the South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy

Palmetto Conservation is

  • Conserving the natural environment while making it accessible
  • Providing an impressive recreational resource—the Palmetto Trail—while giving the public free access regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic circumstance
  • Helping South Carolina communities grow and prosper while maintaining local character, preserving historic landmarks, and improving quality of life
  • Teaching conservation and preservation while helping people learn and practice outdoor skills

‘Finish the Trail’ Campaign

  • Completed: More than 350 Trail miles in 14 counties
  • Goal: About 500 Trail miles that stretch in a continuous ribbon from the mountains to the sea (that is, from Walhalla in Oconee County to Awendaw in Charleston County)
  • Blueprint to Finish: Palmetto Trail Statewide Master Plan, unveiled in spring 2014—Thanks to the Boeing Company!
  • CLICK HERE to view the Palmetto Trail Statewide Master Plan

  • Estimated Cost to Finish: $20 million
  • Impact on Conservation: More than 20,000 acres preserved through land trusts and other formal agreements with public and private owners

Funding

Membership dues, grants, and tax-deductible gifts provide financial support for Palmetto Conservation, the Palmetto Trail, and other programs and projects. Click HERE to donate.

PCF Press

Palmetto Conservation publishes a small number of educational and recreational books and DVDs that support the mission of conservation, historic and cultural preservation, and active outdoor recreation. Order PCF Press publications online or by phone: 803-771-0870.

2016 Annual Report

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