TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT
As the Conservancy is the keeper of Palmetto Bluff’s natural resources, we strive to continually learn about our native biodiversity and ecological needs. Simply put, we can only conserve what we know we have. We conduct research to articulate an ecological understanding of our natural resources, enabling us to structure the best management practices and policies for conservation.
In order to help Palmetto Bluff design and develop residential areas in an ecologically conscientious manner, the Conservancy must provide the blueprint for environmental protection. Research is the basis for this. Our approach is twofold: to support ecological research and promote scientific understanding globally and to discover ways to develop and build so that wildlife eradication can be avoided locally and biodiversity can be conserved. Habitat loss and fragmentation are perceived to be the greatest threats to our nation’s biodiversity. Scientists continue to debate about how many species we have lost or will lose, but without question we as a nation are currently experiencing unprecedented species loss due to irreversible patterns of habitat destruction.
We can never protect all lands from development. But we can ameliorate the effects of development, thus allowing wildlife to continue to live in their homes and our backyards. Key to this is to understand the life cycles and patterns for the myriad species of flora and fauna on the property, so we can develop protection strategies.