Dixie Plantation’s vast ecosystems and landscapes encourage multiple disciplines throughout the College of Charleston to utilize the property as a “living laboratory” for research and study. Similarly, the property inspires strategic partnerships, both public and private, for the advancement of Dixie Plantation’s vision and the many students, faculty, scholars and community members who will benefit from the environmental diversity and splendor of this majestic urban refuge.
The following organizations have enhanced the College of Charleston and Dixie Plantation through their philanthropy, support, and guidance:
Open Land Trust
As the holder of the easement on the Dixie property, a strong working relationship with the LOLT is necessary to ensure success in any of the ventures at Dixie Plantation. LOLT has been extraordinarily supportive of the College’s efforts to return this unique forest back to its original state.
and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
The Donnelley Foundation, one of the nation’s most well-known and respected private foundations, provided a grant for the comprehensive forestry management plan in 2010. One of the Foundation’s primary areas of support is land conservation in the Lowcountry, and the Donnelley Foundation has made significant investments in the ACE Basin and other areas surrounding Dixie Plantation.
Through pro bono consultation, MWV has developed a strong partnership with the College through Dixie Plantation. The knowledge of MWV’s forestry professionals in land management, road maintenance, and GPS mapping continues to be extremely beneficial to our vision for Dixie.
Forestry Management (AFM)
Over the past six years, American Forest Management, Inc. (AFM), one of the largest forest management consulting firms in the United States, has been working closely with the College on maintenance and conditioning efforts for Dixie Plantation. In the fall of 2010, the College of Charleston further partnered with AFM and the Lowcountry Open Land Trust to develop a comprehensive, long-term forest management plan for the property.
The Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation was founded by Countess Alicia Paolozzi to support efforts concerning 1) the environment 2) the sustainability of agriculture and 3) issues involving the elderly and women. A generous grant from the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation in 2011 will support of two field research stations designed to support environmental science research and instruction.
The Golden Pearl Foundation seeks to support the arts, youth and the environment. The Golden Pearl Foundation is a proud partner of the heirloom garden project led by College of Charleston sociology professor Tracey Burkett and her students.
ArborGen is revolutionizing productivity in commercial forestry. ArborGen is the largest global supplier of seedling products and a leading provider of improved technologies to the commercial forest industry. Through innovations in conventional breeding, improved genetics and emerging biotechnology advances, ArborGen is developing high-value products that significantly improve the productivity of a given acre of land. These products enable ArborGen’s customers to grow trees that yield more wood per acre with greater consistency and quality in a shorter period of time. ArborGen’s work is improving the sustainability of working forests while helping to meet the world’s growing need for wood, fiber and energy.
and Courier Foundation
The Post and Courier Foundation was one of the first private foundations to invest in Dixie Plantation and the 4.3-mile interpretative nature trail.
Dixie Plantation is private land and governed by a conservation easement over the entire property. The easement is very specific as to how the natural resources on the property may be used and accessed. Trespassing onto the property and harming the flora and fauna within it are strictly prohibited and violators will be vigorously prosecuted.