Formed in 1989, SPACE is the second-oldest local land trust operating in the state of South Carolina. Approximately 85% of their support comes from the local community, and every dollar contributed to SPACE goes back into their mission to: promote, protect, and preserve natural resources and open spaces in our community. They are a non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Trustees. Their small, professional staff works closely with local landowners to identify and protect significant lands. They use various conservation tools to protect land, including tax-saving conservation easements, donations, and bargain sales. Each piece of property is unique, and so is each protection strategy utilized by the land owner and SPACE. They are a member of the Land Trust Alliance and have adopted the Land Trust Standards and Practices, which provide the guidelines for the ethical performance of land trusts.