Conservation Commission

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The Conservation Commission leads the effort to conserve/preserve Dorchester County's significant natural and historic resources, with an emphasis on protecting:

  • water quality
  • farms and forests
  • wildlife habitat
  • scenic views
  • natural areas
  • historic buildings/sites 

The seven member commission is appointed by Council. Each member serves a four year term. 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

The Commission makes recommendations to County Council regarding allocation of funding and other items related to the conservation of natural resources and preservation of historic sites. The Conservation Commission typically meets the first Thursday of the month though additional meetings are called as required.

Parks and Recreation Director Eric Davis and Planning and Zoning Director Kiera Reinertsen provide staff support to the Conservation Commission.


Term Expires

Josh Raglin, Chairman


Derrick Phinney - Vice Chairman


Howard Bridgman - Secretary Treasurer


William "Mac" Baughman


Robert McKinnon


Bart Sabine


Peter D. Weathers, Jr.


Forms and Applications

Application - Fee Simple Purchase

Application - Conservation Easement

Historic Preservation Grant Guidelines and Criteria

Application - Historic Preservation Grant

Historic Preservation Grant Conditions of Award

Conservation Commission Member Application

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