Preserved Lands

Kiawah Island is a gated community and as such requires a guest access pass if you are not a property owner or reserved guest of the island. If you are not a property owner or reserved guest and would like to visit one of our preserved areas, please contact Collie Farah (Kiawah Conservancy Land Preservation Specialist) at or 843-768-2029 to schedule a visit and obtain a gate pass for the island.

29 Lemoyne Lane

29 LEMOYNE LANE - preserved land

Owned Property

Preserved: August 2021

Size: 0.68 acres

Location: Southern Side of Cassique

Habitat Type: Maritime Forest, Saltmarsh, Shrub Thicket

Conservation Value: As the Kiawah Conservancy’s first preserved property on Cassique, this property is important to our conservation efforts on Kiawah and its environs because wildlife knows no borders. Many of the birds, insects, and even mammals that call Kiawah home can easily travel to and from Cassique. It also contains critical marshland and shrub thicket habitats which support a variety of wildlife and has some light density forested area with potential for high density.

4346 Betsy Kerrison Parkway

Owned Property

Preserved: September 2023

Size: 76.13

Location: Betsy Kerrison Parkway

Habitat Type: Tidal Salt Marsh, Hummock Islands, Maritime Forest

Conservation Value: 4346 Betsy Kerrison Parkway is a 76-acre property on John’s Island, South Carolina. This newly preserved area boasts a diverse and ecologically rich landscape, including maritime forest, tidal salt marsh, and hummock islands.

With approximately 15 acres of upland maritime forest, the land offers ample nesting and resting space for migratory birds, bobcats, and resident songbirds.

The tidal salt marsh, a significant component of the property, plays a crucial role in supporting the local ecosystem. These marshes act as nurseries for fish, provide sustenance for wading birds, and offer resilience against seasonal storms.

Hummock islands, small elevated areas within the marsh, contribute an additional layer of diversity to the property. Serving as unique habitats for plants and animals, these islands are vital travel corridors for much of our local wildlife.

4368 Betsy Kerrison Parkway

Owned Property

Preserved: September 2023

Size: 3.00 Acres

Location: Betsy Kerrison Parkway

Habitat Type: Maritime Forest

Conservation Value: This is a preserved property owned by the Kiawah Conservancy. This land is located at the prior site of Rosebank Farmstand. It hosts mature grand oaks and pines while providing a safe wildlife corridor for our residents species to rest and move through.

77 Lemoyne Lane

Owned Property

Preserved: July 2023

Size: 7 acres

Location: Eagle Island on Cassique

Habitat Type: Marsh and Upland Habitat

Conservation Value: This property is directly connected to an offshoot of the Kiawah River. By preserving this property, we are able to prevent non-point source pollution from entering the river. In addition, this property is a known bobcat travel corridor and provides resting space for many marsh species such as mink, diamondback terrapin, and clapper rail.

Bass and Cinder Creek Marsh

Conservation Easement

Preserved: November 2023

Size: 1075.00 Acres

Location: Marsh adjacent to the Preserve and Falcon Point Neighborhoods

Habitat Type: Tidal Salt Marsh

Conservation Value: This marshland parcel is a vital habitat for Kiawah’s saltwater marine species. Commonly spotted species include the dolphin, redfish, clapper rail, and typical Carolina wading birds.

Bass Creek Hummock Island

bass creek hummock copy copy kiawah conservancy

Owned Property

Preserved: December 2017

Size: 9.8 acres

Location: Bass Creek

Habitat Type: Salt shrub thicket and maritime forest

Conservation Value: The Bass Creek Nature Area consists of salt shrub thicket and maritime forest habitats. Undeveloped hummock islands, like this one, provide critical resting space for migratory songbirds. This island is also utilized by a variety of mammals and reptiles. South Carolina Department of Natural Resource studies have documented painted bunting use on this hummock island. Diamondback terrapin use in this area has been documented as well.

Bass Creek Nature Area

Conservation Easement

Preserved: December 2017

Size: 6.83 acres

Location: Bass Creek

Habitat Type: Tidal salt marsh and salt shrub thicket

Conservation Value: Bass Creek Nature Area consists of tidal salt marsh and salt shrub thicket habitats. The tidal salt marsh found in the Bass Creek Nature Area provides valuable habitat for a great variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and crustaceans. Many small mammals feed and nest in or adjacent to tidal salt marshes. Although rarely seen, the mink (Mustela vison) can be found there. The salt shrub thicket also provides excellent daytime cover for bobcats (Lynx rufus). The Bass Creek Nature Area has been utilized by several bobcats for daytime resting and protective cover. This is well documented by the Bobcat GPS Project that has been conducted by the Town of Kiawah Island Wildlife Biologists in conjunction with the Kiawah Conservancy.

Beck Island

Beck Island at Kiawah Conservancy

Conservation Easement

Preserved: December 2000

Size: 3 acres

Location: Northern banks of the Kiawah River, between Bryans Creek and Chaplin Cre

Habitat Type: Hummock island

Conservation Value: Hummock island provides invaluable habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Palmettos, live oaks and red cedars are the dominant tree species found on the island, while salt shrub thicket habitat occurs around the edges of the island. A known sanctuary for many wildlife species including painted buntings, wading birds, bobcats, deer and raccoons, a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources study also noted an otter camp on the island.

Briar’s Creek Marsh

Briar's Creek - preserved land

Conservation Easement

Preserved: April 2007

Size: 138.07 acres

Location: East of Bryan’s Creek

Habitat Type: Tidal Salt Marsh and Hummock Island

Conservation Value: This easement protects a wide expanse of marsh just east of Bryan’s Creek. The easement property also contains three hummock islands. Hummock islands are coastal marsh islands, often located behind oceanfront barrier islands and adjacent to the larger Sea Islands (such as Johns Island). In addition to providing habitat for a number of species, they are of special importance to migratory birds, as they are frequently used as stopover areas for resting and feeding along migration flyways.

Falcon Point Road – Salt Cedar Lane Nature Area

Falcon Pt at Kiawah Conservancy

Conservation Easement

Preserved: April 2010

Size: 16.02 acres

Location: The eastern end of Kiawah Island between Falcon Point Road and Salt Cedar Lane

Habitat Type: Tidal salt marsh and salt shrub thicket

Conservation Value: This property is one of several areas identified as critical bobcat habitat through Bobcat GPS Research. Salt shrub thickets are heavily used by bobcats as den sites and for resting cover. They are also utilized by a myriad of birds, including several migratory species, such as the painted bunting. Plant species that characterize the salt shrub thicket habitat type include black needlerush, marsh elder, groundseltree and red cedar.

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