Pee Dee Land Trust Receives $45,000 Grant To Initiate Landowner Education Program

Pee Dee Land Trust received a $45,000 grant to initiate a long-term strategic Landowner Education Program throughout northeastern South Carolina. The grant is part of the Duke Energy Foundation’s commitment to help regional nonprofits protect and improve the environment.
The funds awarded by Duke Energy will be used by Pee Dee Land Trust to educate landowners about voluntary conservation options for their properties, and to inform the residents throughout the region about the benefits of land conservation. In addition, maps will be prepared highlighting prime agricultural land, working forests, historic sites and natural areas as priorities for conservation in the region.
The overall goal of PDLT’s Landowner Education Program is to help facilitate the generation of new conservation easement projects protecting area waterways, natural areas, working farms and forests, and historic sites in their nine-county coverage area of South Carolina.  PDLT plans to align efforts with successful land trusts across the country to educate the general public and, more importantly to our efforts, to educate the large property owners in our area as to how conservation easements can help benefit their legacy, their bottom line, and the overall quality of life for the residents and visitors to the Pee Dee region.