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Dorchester County Council adopted Ordinance 02-03, creating a Dorchester County Conservation Commission, on February 4, 2002. Council passed an amendment, Ordinance 11-04, on January 18, 2011. The Commission consists of seven members appointed by Council. The term of each member is four years from date of appointment. Members of the Dorchester County Conservation Commission are active members of conservation/preservation organizations such as the Audubon Society, Friends of the Edisto, Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council, Upper Dorchester County Historic Society, or like organizations.

The Conservation Commission is staffed by Eric Davis, Parks & Recreation Manager (843) 563-0193


Term Expires

William "Mac" Baughman, Chairman


Howard S. Bridgman, Secretary Treasurer


Derrick Phinney - Vice Chairman


Robert L. McKinnon


Josh Raglin


Peter D. Weathers, Jr.


Bart Sabine


Dorchester County Council recognizes the importance of the conservation of natural resources to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the county and promote economic development and tourism. With this understanding, the Conservation Commission was created to:

A. Identify, conserve and protect natural resources
B. Identify, develop and preserve historical resources
C. Make recommendations to Dorchester County Council for the expenditure of funds received by virtue of the referendum conducted on November 2, 2010, authorizing the issuance of $5 Million General Obligation Bonds for the purposes set forth in the referendum, save and except recommendations for parks and/or recreation
D. Promote tourism, emphasizing the natural, cultural and historical resources of Dorchester County
E. Educate the public as to the benefits of conservation
F. Undertake such studies, plans, activities, and projects as may, from time to time, be assigned to the Commission by the County Council

Mission Statement
To lead the effort to conserve and preserve the Dorchester County's significant natural and historic resources, with an emphasis on protecting water quality, farms and forests, wildlife habitat, scenic views, natural areas, and historic buildings/sites. The Commission is charged with recommending to County Council the protection of worthy properties through the wisest, most cost effective use of referendum revenue; emphasizing natural/historic County locations; and conservation education of the public.

Application - Fee Simple Purchase

Application - Conservation Easement

Application - Fee Simple Purchase (Word Document)

Application - Conservation Easement (Word Document)

Historic Preservation Grant Guidelines and Criteria

Application - Historic Preservation Grant

Application - Historic Preservation Grant (Word Document)

Historic Preservation Grant Conditions of Award

Conservation Commission Member Application

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