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.


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


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

Meeting Minutes

The below meeting minutes are provided for the convenience of the public. For minutes from a previous year, not provided below, please contact 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

Con Com August 3, 2017 Minutes

Conservation Commission 2016 Minutes

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