Section 48-59-50(B)(5) requires the SC Conservation Bank to “develop conservation criteria to be used, in addition to the criteria set forth in Section 48-59-70(D), that advance and support federal, state, and local conservation goals, plans, objectives, and initiatives. In order to assist in the development of conservation criteria, the bank must coordinate with the appropriate groups to integrate the goals, plans, objectives, and initiatives, as well as land use patterns, into a statewide conservation map. The map must be created by July 1, 2019, and the criteria and map must be reviewed no less than every ten years thereafter. The criteria list and map must be submitted to the General Assembly annually.”
In accordance with the above-referenced statute, the SC Conservation Bank partnered with the SC Department of Natural Resources to create this statewide conservation map.
The mapping effort analyzed five priorities set forth in our enabling legislation, which include:
- Public Access
- Ecological Conservation Priorities
- Cultural Resources
- Private Working Lands
- Water Resources