Preserving and protecting the places you love for future generations
We measure, manage, improve, and advocate for the ecological health of Kiawah Island and its environs.
We Protect and Improve Ecological Health
To date, the Kiawah Conservancy has preserved 65 properties and nearly 2,300 acres of pristine natural habitat. That’s the size of about 25% of Kiawah Island!
Kiawah Island is known for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. The Island supports a diverse mixture of 23 different habitat types including lush maritime forests, expansive salt marshes, and picturesque dunes.
Native plants are the ecological basis for all native wildlife that calls these habitats home. These plants evolved over thousands of years to become especially suited to local environmental conditions and wildlife has adapted to become dependent on them.
Now, Kiawah hosts an amazing 20 species of mammals, over 300 species of resident and migratory birds, 30 species of reptiles, thousands of invertebrates and nearly 70 threatened and endangered species. Learn more about what makes these habitats special.
In 1997, the Kiawah Conservancy was founded to preserve the unique balance of nature and development on Kiawah Island and protect the Island’s natural beauty for the enjoyment of future generations.
Since then, the Conservancy has focused on preserving properties, community education, protecting natural habitat, and sharing with the world what a remarkable place Kiawah Island is.
The Conservancy has achieved much success over the years. Now, with decades of knowledge and experience under our belt, we seek to chart a path forward and build on that momentum. Through our 2030 Strategic Plan, we are laying a foundation to guide our growth as we strive to dramatically extend our reach and broaden our impact.
Join us in our efforts to ensure that the natural beauty and ecological health of Kiawah Island is preserved for generations to come.