Introducing the East Cooper Land Trust

Mount Pleasant, SC – The Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy today announced plans to redefine their geographic scope to more effectively address the rapid population growth occurring in and around Mt. Pleasant.

The organization will focus their land conservation efforts on the East Cooper area; coastal areas between the Cooper and Santee Rivers where development pressures are soaring. With their change in focus area comes a new name: East Cooper Land Trust.

Their new focus area includes Mount Pleasant, Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, Awendaw, McClellanville and the surrounding unincorporated areas.

“One of the biggest conservation challenges in the East Cooper area is how do we foster the economic benefits of rapid growth without losing the natural community characteristics we all love. If we do not work now to conserve natural areas, they will be lost forever" says Catherine Main, Executive Director.

Rapid growth is nothing new for the East Cooper area. The population of Mount Pleasant grew by 42% between 2000 and 2010. Rural communities to the east including Awendaw and McClellanville are beginning to experience a building boom.

“Our new name reflects our commitment to conserving the East Cooper area’s natural spaces, thus the quality of life for current and future generations” says Jonathan Lamb, Chairman of the Board. “We are the only organization whose primary focus is conserving land within the East Cooper Area.”

For a land trust, citizen support is essential. Land trusts are a mechanism for citizen involvement in the future of their community - thus the motto “Our Present for the Future”.

Learn more about our refined Mission and Vision. Help us kick start our renewed efforts by making a donation.