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.


The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy was founded in 2003 with a mission of protecting the lush maritime forests and winding tidal creeks that define 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, brimming with live oak and palmetto, is almost exactly as William Hilton saw it 400 years ago. 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.

Our Conservancy Director

Meet Jay Walea.

Come see for yourself

Ensuring our vision of conservation stays intact

It all starts with the land

Defined by three historic rivers and set amid 20,000 acres, Palmetto Bluff is secluded in the truest sense, and that is surely one of the reasons this land remains so pristine today.

Increasing our understanding

The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy is dedicated to increasing our understanding of the natural and cultural environment of the Lowcountry.

On-site archaeologist

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.

Ambassadors to each resident and guest

With a vast outdoor classroom at our fingertips, Palmetto Bluff Conservancy team members are ambassadors to each resident and guest, introducing them to this landscape in ways large and small, structured and informal. Tours, classes and workshops, programs, research and field trips are all available to facilitate this environmental learning process.