This project focuses on environmental, economic, and social opportunities generated by two large conservation properties located in Lower Richland County, along area waterways, and framed by numerous other significant natural and cultural resources. The properties, an approximately 680 acre tract along Cabin Branch and an approximately 2555 acre tract along Mill Creek and the Congaree River, are underutilized assets that could become new venues for nature-based tourism and inclusive economic development.
Our team, in collaboration with local stakeholders and community members, will develop a vision for how to increase the use of these properties for outdoor recreation, education and interpretation, and cultural programming, and ensuring that job creation and sustainable, well-paying economic opportunities are core goals of all conservation activities.
a thorough and nuanced understanding of the area’s resources-- their history, ecology, capacity for access and use, relationships to other resources, and management needs
an engaged dialogue with the communities tied to these resources and the organizations invested in the longterm stewardship of the reseources
a plan that reflects the interests of the community and offers a set of fundable, buildable and generally implementable concepts for an enhanced nature-based tourism economy.
This project will rely significantly on the insights and interests of local stakeholders, including residents and institutions, to guide the vision and ambition of the Concept Plan. To insure that your perspectives are integral to the final plan, our schedule is oriented around two major community forum events, the first on November 14th and second in mid-January, as well as meetings and workshops with a steering committee and diverse stakeholders. Additionally, this project website was created to share project information and document input from the local community. We encourage you to stay in touch with our project team!