County’s fu­ture needs ‘yes’ vote

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Beau­fort County Coun­cil, in what is an im­por­tant win for all res­i­dents, re­cently voted unan­i­mously to pur­chase and pre­serve White­hall Point on Lady’s Is­land. White­hall is the most re­cent ad­di­tion to the won­der­ful legacy of the county’s Ru­ral and Crit­i­cal Lands pro­gram.

Since 2006, and in con­junc­tion with the Ru­ral and Crit­i­cal pro­gram, the Beau­fort County Open Land Trust has worked with landown­ers to ne­go­ti­ate per­ma­nent con­ser­va­tion ease­ments that best en­sure the fu­ture of both the prop­erty and Beau­fort County.

In ad­di­tion to White­hall, other pro­tected prop­er­ties in­clude the Ulmer prop­erty on the May River, the Mob­ley tract on the Oka- tie River, Henry Farms on St. He­lena Is­land, and Bin­don Plan­ta­tion on the Po­co­tal­igo River.

Each of th­ese prop­er­ties pro­tected with con­ser­va­tion ease­ments sup­ports a healthy ru­ral and river­front land­scape for Beau­fort County.

While th­ese prop­er­ties and oth­ers have been real suc­cesses, there is more to be done. Beau­fort County’s pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to grow and this trend will con­tinue. As David Laud­erdale re­cently wrote, “we must own the land or own the de­vel­op­ment rights” to pro­tect im­por­tant places.

We were proud to be a part of a uni­fied ef­fort to saveWhite­hall. In or­der to en­sure that sim­i­lar projects and ru­ral land­scapes re­main an im­por­tant and sig­nif­i­cant part of Beau­fort County’s fu­ture, we urge you to sup­port the Ru­ral and Crit­i­cal Lands Pro­gram on elec­tion day. This na­tion­ally rec­og­nized pro­gram has a long and en­dur­ing legacy.

Please vote “yes” on for the Gen­eral Obli­ga­tion Bonds. – Alex Shu­ford Board pres­i­dent Beau­fort County Open Land Trust Beau­fort

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