Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Historic Preservation

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dr. Jon Marcoux

Committee Member

Naomi Doddington

Committee Member

Shawn Halifax


The South Carolina Lowcountry is replete with cultural landscapes, each one featuring a unique collection of natural and cultural resources. These resources are valuable for their environmental and cultural heritage, a heritage which defines and benefits the communities who call the Lowcountry home. This study presents a comparative analysis of public and private land management organizations operating in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The purpose of this study is to compare how public and private organizations are currently managing natural and cultural resources on cultural landscapes that they protect and oversee. The history of federal and private land management was investigated to provide foundational data about the policies or guidelines that currently inform public and private organizations’ management strategies. A sample of individuals from public and private organizations were surveyed and interviewed to gather data that could be compared for the purpose of distinguishing between management practices that each type of organization implements. This comparative analysis found that overall, public and private organizations manage their natural and cultural resources in separate ways, using different types of guidelines, management practices, and resource allocation to conserve natural and cultural resources. This project is significant because it marks the first of these studies executed in the Lowcountry.



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