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Kate Schaefer


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Vote ‘Yes’ on Water and Land!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

  The Rural and Critical Lands Preservation Program enhances Beaufort County’s coastal economy, way of life, and small businesses like Larry Toomer’s Bluffton Oyster Company, captured here in a video by Beaufort County Open Land Trust. This November, you have a chance to support conservation on the ballot by voting ‘yes’ to a General Obligations bond. If passed, the referendum will generate $25 million for land conservation and…

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By the numbers: South Coast Land Conservation

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Over the last year, the Trust for Public Land and Beaufort County Open Land Trust have analyzed the economic impact of land conservation in Beaufort County. Their research focused on property values, access to local food from protected farmland, the value of clean air and water, and spending associated with outdoor recreation. You can read more in a recent op-ed by Councilman Brian Flewelling, and watch an interview about the study. Please…

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Mobley Tract Protected

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lessons learned in key land conservation move in county MAY 12, 2016 12:38 PM BY KATE PARKS SCHAEFER Special to The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette Two weeks ago, the county scored a victory for water quality and our quality of life when it purchased the 95-acre Mobley Tract and 24-acre Jeter tract in the Chechessee River watershed with funds from the Beaufort County Rural and Critical Lands Program and the…

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“Don’t raise gas tax, unless you reform road funding.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We’re working hard on transportation reform at the State House this week. Our South Coast Director, Kate Schaefer, wrote a piece in response to the Post and Courier’s editorial on roads. The Post and Courier chose the headline “Don’t raise gas tax, reform road funding.” To be clear: Our position is “Don’t raise gas tax, unless you reform road funding.” Kate does a great job of explaining why: As anticipated, the…

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Rural and Critical Lands Program an Asset to Beaufort County

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Opinion: The Rural and Critical Lands Program is an asset to Beaufort County By Kate Schaefer – newsroom@islandpacket.com To date, some incredible places have been protected with our public dollars: the headwaters of some of our rivers, farmland and other traditional landscapes that make this place so special. Spending dollars on conservation has saved us dollars on infrastructure,…

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