The flexibility of the LowCountry Institute mission enables us to pursue high-value conservation projects that fit within the mission of protecting the greater Port Royal Sound watershed. Our goal is to provide science-based information to the local community to help individuals make wise land-use decisions. During the past 10 years LCI has hosted eight university research projects that were conducted either on Spring Island or in the surrounding waterways.
The LowCountry Institute has helped private landowners in the Low Country develop conservation-based management programs. For previous clients, we have mapped habitats using GIS and GPS technology, surveyed for rare species, and suggested management options. Because of our experience working at the wildland-urban interface, we offer an additional approach to compliment traditional advice from wildlife or forestry consultants. For example, we have helped local golf courses identify ways they can improve their wildlife habitat in the out-of-play areas, while lowering maintenance costs.
Golf Course Management
LCI has worked with regional golf courses to create management plans for out-of-play areas. The goals are to reduce the overall maintenance costs of the course, create wildlife habitat, and improve the overall aesthetics. In addition, LCI has helped Old Tabby Links course on Spring Create maintain its Audubon International certification as a wildlife sanctuary.
The LCI has assisted Beaufort County and the Open Land Trust in creating conservation-based plans for public parks. In 2009, we partnered with the SC Forestry Commission to restore prescribed fire to Widgeon Point, a magnificent property located along Hwy 170. We are working to establish a native ecosystem that can provide habitat for local wildlife and recreation opportunities for regional residents.