Rural and Critical Lands Preservation Program


Since 2000, Beaufort County has preserved over 23,000 acres through the Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program for conservation, parks, buffers, scenic vistas and for preservation of valuable economic and natural resources.  The County has acquired land via an ordinary fee simple purchase or by a purchase or donation of development rights (conservation easement), which often allows the property owner and their family to remain on the land and use it for farming, hunting, fishing or other historic purposes agreed upon at the time of sale.  The County currently has contracted with the Beaufort County Open Land Trust for land acquisition services.  More details about the program can be found at the Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program website by clicking here.

  • Click here for the most recent annual report.
  • Click here for a listing of all the Program properties.
  • Click here for agendas, minutes and other information from the Rural and Critcal Lands Preservation Board.