The Butler Conservation Fund (BCF) is a private foundation dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of the natural environment. The Black River Cypress Preserve (1,065-acres) and its companion campus, the Peninsula Tract (175-acres), are local examples of Gilbert Butler’s extensive conservation work in the South Carolina coastal plain counties of Georgetown and Williamsburg.
BCF’s dedication to the conservation in South Carolina grew out of Gilbert Butler’s longstanding love of kayaking our rivers and coastal waters. For the past decade, BCF has supported large-scale land conservation efforts in South Carolina through the Open Space Institute and The Nature Conservancy, and several other local conservation organizations. To date, BCF has helped protect eight properties along the Black River, encompassing more than 4,000 acres of and 15 miles of river frontage.
The Cypress Preserve is the first South Carolina property BCF owns outright with the goal of developing recreational and educational programs for school children and the public.
Local conservation groups
Downriver from the Black River Cypress Preserve, the Winyah Rivers Alliance was pivotal in the protection of riverfront property along the Black River in Choppee. Rocky Point Community Forest is ~650 acres owned by Georgetown County and Winyah Rivers Alliance and managed by Georgetown County as a county park. The conservation project aims to serve the public by protecting and restoring this ecologically important piece of land while providing recreation and education opportunities on the Black River.
The Black Scenic River Advisory Council (BSRAC) serves as a guardian and watchdog for the scenic river corridor. The purpose of the Advisory Council is to assist and advise SCDNR in the protection and management of the scenic river corridor. Currently, the Advisory Council is updating a management plan which will make recommendations for land use, recreation, water quality, community stewardship, and natural, cultural and historic resources.
Resources and News
The fall edition of the Longleaf Alliance's magazine features the Black River Cypress Preserve. Read now to learn about the restoration and interpretation of nature. Narrative and photos by Dana Beach.
Sea rise, floods to dramatically change SC coast, Post and Courier, May 2020
Conservation on the Black River: Bringing New Life to Rocky Point, American Rivers, June 2018
Rocky Point Landing once again open to public use, South Strand News, December 2018
Oxbow Island added to Black River Preserve, Post and Courier, 2014
The Nature Conservancy protects 600 acres of forested wetlands along Scenic Black River, South Strand News, December 2013
Conservancy expands Black River Swamp, The Columbia Star, November 2010