In December 2015, John H. Disher, III donated this 38.61-acre parcel to the East Cooper Land Trust. This is a very generous land donation with significant public rewards. Although not intended for public access, the property's conservation provides a multitude of public benefits including scenic value and protection of wildlife, plant, and water resources. The high-traffic roads and human activity surrounding the site make this property an important wildlife habitat and natural preserve.
The Disher Preserve is located off Ashley Crossing Drive in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC. It is surrounded by a residential community of single-family homes with bordering backyards. The western border of the parcel is adjacent to a recreational open space. It also provides a scenic vista along Ashley Crossing Drive, which runs through the middle of the property.
The property is made up of woody wetlands that remove pollutants, excess nutrients, and sediments from the water. Maple, bush palmetto, and live oak are common on the property. It may also provide habitat for many birds, including: great blue heron, great egret, American and least bittern, American coot, common moorhen, Virginia rail, bald eagle, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, owls, pileated woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, swallows, sparrows and warblers. Common mammals using this type of habitat include muskrat, beaver, raccoon, swamp rabbits, mink and white-tailed deer. Numerous reptiles and amphibians live in or use wetlands, including snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders.