Conservation Commission

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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 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.

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

Con Com February 2, 2017 Minutes

Con Com April 6, 2017 Minutes

Con Com June 20, 2017 Minutes

Con Com July 6, 2017 Minutes


Conservation Commission 2016 Minutes



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



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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