Conservation is our mission

The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy was created to ensure the conservation vision for this amazing piece of land in the heart of the Lowcountry. Every home site or home sale funds a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting the natural resources on the property. The Conservancy is the keeper of the natural and historical world of Palmetto Bluff, and the organization responsible for educating everyone involved in the development of a new piece of property.

A vision fulfilled


A vision of nature unlike any other

The Conservancy at Palmetto Bluff was founded in 2003 with a mission of protecting the lush maritime forests and winding tidal creeks that defined the spectacular geography of the land that is home to Palmetto Bluff. By maintaining the ecological and environmental integrity of the lands at the confluence of the May, Cooper and New Rivers, we're able to ensure that the ancient Maritime Forest or Live Oak and Palmetto are almost exactly as William Hilton saw them 400 years ago.

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When Crescent Communities purchased the property in 2003, it realized its environmental integrity and worked in tandem with the Conservancy to ensure that the stewardship practices of previous owner Union-Camp Company were continued. Crescent protected hundreds of acres under conservation easements and significantly reduced the number of homes to be built - cutting the number almost in half. Similar endeavors followed, including delineation and protection of wetlands, maintenance of food plots for wildlife and education of property owners on the benefits of "green” building and how to go about it. Because of these endeavors and many more, visitors to modern day Palmetto Bluff can still enjoy the same spectacular views of the May River that visitors to this land have for centuries.


Research and education

A heightened understanding.

The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy is dedicated to increasing our understanding of the natural and cultural environment of the Lowcountry. From biological and archaeological studies by PhD-level scientists to the "citizen science” bluebird survey, the Conservancy team is actively involved in a number of research initiatives at the Bluff. Current projects include surveys of alligator, turtle, white-tailed deer and bird populations, monitoring of bald eagle nests, a study of cavity-nest use and correlation with habitat, and the analysis of artifacts from antebellum Pettigrew Plantation. Residents and guests may participate in research and results are presented in informal discussions and formal presentations.


Storied past

A history worth digging into.

History is the fabric of our community, and with the help of an on-site archaeologist, Dr. Mary Socci, we study artifacts that reveal the fascinating details about previous occupants of the area. These artifacts are on display at the History Center at Palmetto Bluff, with some dating back 12,000 years. The History Center features an historic "timeline wall” as well as maps and miniature exhibits. There will also be a rotation of history exhibits on display in the Conservancy Reading Room in Moreland Village. Both facilities are free and open to the public.


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This land has been managed for thousands of years. Our goal is to continue those efforts, even in the many conservation areas, nature preserves, interpretive trails, wetlands and pre-development locations that are rarely visited. We maximize diversity. We protect and, where needed, restore. For more information on donating to the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy or to make a donation, please click below.


Events for Every Calendar

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    Summer Concert Series

    Join us for three hot summer nights at the Crossroads in Moreland Village. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
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    Chapel Concert Series

    Join us at the May River Chapel for an intimate evening of live music set along the banks of the May River.
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    Artist in Residence

    Artist in Residence celebrates the arts, fosters creativity and offers a hands-on education.
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