Anne and Walter Meier
Beaufort County, South Carolina | The County Channel
Nestled between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, Beaufort County is rich with history, culture and outdoor beauty. Beaufort County is composed of hundreds of barrier and sea islands and its warm climate, pristine beaches, vibrant Gullah traditions and true southern hospitality welcome visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Beaufort County is home to the famous Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the internationally known luxury resort of Hilton Head Island. Gorgeous private islands, abundant waterways and nature preserves embellish the landscape. Vast expanses of marshlands and lush maritime forests create spectacular scenic vistas and rich habitat for egrets, herons, pelicans, dolphins and other wildlife species.
Mission Statement: Beaufort County government exists to serve the people of Beaufort County in a cost-effective manner, so all our citizens may enjoy and appreciate a protected quality of life, natural and developed resources in a coastal environment, a diverse heritage, and economic well-being.
The Lowcountry Institute
The Lowcountry Institute (LCI) was established in 1998 to educate the community on the value of the unique environments of the lowcountry region. The Institute promotes effective management of privately owned natural areas and works to protect water quality and marine resources of Port Royal Sound.
Since its inception, LCI has focused its efforts in three areas: environmental education, effective management of native habitats, and water quality protection. The Institute’s work in these areas demonstrates our unique approach—seeking solutions that integrate sound science, realistic perspectives of human needs, and an increased appreciation of the lowcountry’s notable habitats and biodiversity. LCI’s philosophy has been to provide policymakers with scientific information in a form that is understandable to the layperson. As an “information broker,” LCI emphasizes building working relationships with all parties - governmental staff, developers, and local citizens - so that critical environmental issues can be discussed in an atmosphere that is conducive to cooperative partnerships.