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As we look to the future of East Edisto, our goal is to preserve the rural character of the land; protect its environmental and cultural treasures; and enrich the lives of people who live, work and visit here by bringing them into closer connection with the natural beauty and living history of this extraordinary place.

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As we look to the future of East Edisto, our goal is to preserve the rural character of the land; protect its environmental and cultural treasures; and enrich the lives of people who live, work and visit here by bringing them into closer connection with the natural beauty and living history of this extraordinary place.

On a map of the greater Charleston region, East Edisto stands out. A vast area west of the city, it encompasses a little more than 71,000 contiguous acres, 19 miles as the crow flies, north to south.


It's bounded by the Edisto River to the west and (roughly) the path of Hwy 165 to the east. But it's much more than geography on a map. East Edisto is a model of thoughtful land stewardship. It's a window into the culture, history and ecology of South Carolina's Lowcountry. And it's the basis for a holistic vision of the future ... a pathway for sustainable growth that will continue to benefit the region for many decades to come.

On a map of the greater Charleston region, East Edisto stands out. A vast area west of the city, it encompasses a little more than 71,000 contiguous acres, 19 miles as the crow flies, north to south. It's bounded by the Edisto River to the west and (roughly) the path of Hwy 165 to the east. But it's much more than geography on a map. East Edisto is a model of thoughtful land stewardship. It's a window into the culture, history and ecology of South Carolina's Lowcountry. And it's the basis for a holistic vision of the future ... a pathway for sustainable growth that will continue to benefit the region for many decades to come.

This is a story about collaborating, protecting, sustaining, honoring . . . adhering to our four cornerstones so that we keep what's important and make way for the new. This is the basis of our plan and our vision for the future of East Edisto.




The four cornerstones of East Edisto.

Rural Character

Keep three-quarters of East Edisto green. East Edisto's rural character of farms and woods will be maintained through a combination of conserved land, parks, lakes, wetlands and density restricted rural areas. Towns and villages will also have a distinctly Lowcountry look and feel, created by parks, greenways and open spaces.

Environmental Responsibility

Preserve natural habitats, use sustainable building practices and materials, minimize impacts on infrastructure, and wisely manage natural resources. Since hiring our first foresters and wildlife biologists, WestRock (formerly MWV) has developed responsible practices in all of its business enterprises.

Sustainable Towns and Villages

Create thriving communities — lively places where people can live, work, learn and shop, all in close proximity. That means that families can spend less time driving and more time being together. In East Edisto, that also means more time to explore nature.

Education and Employment

Provide opportunities for good jobs and lifelong learning. Throughout East Edisto, schools and places to work will be located close to where people live. This is a significant feature of the vision plan, the first phase of which includes an office park and several Dorchester District Two schools.

Preserve the rural
character of the land.

Build sustainable
towns and villages.

Be environmentally
responsible in
everything we do.

Promote education
and employment.

Rural Character
Keep three-quarters of East Edisto green. East Edisto's rural character of farms and woods will be maintained through a combination of conserved land, parks, lakes, wetlands and density restricted rural areas. Towns and villages will also have a distinctly Lowcountry look and feel, created by parks, greenways and open spaces.
Sustainable Towns
and Villages
Create thriving communities — lively places where people can live, work, learn and shop, all in close proximity. That means that families can spend less time driving and more time being together. In East Edisto, that also means more time to explore nature.
Environmental
Responsibility
Preserve natural habitats, use sustainable building practices and materials, minimize impacts on infrastructure, and wisely manage natural resources. Since hiring our first foresters and wildlife biologists, WestRock (formerly MWV) has developed responsible practices in all of its business enterprises.
Education and
Employment
Provide opportunities for good jobs and lifelong learning. Throughout East Edisto, schools and places to work will be located close to where people live. This is a significant feature of the vision plan, the first phase of which includes an office park and several Dorchester District Two schools.

A shared vision.

Together, the greater Charleston community and WestRock (formerly MWV) have developed a vision plan for East Edisto that will contribute to the region's economic vitality while preserving the very best of Lowcountry life.

This plan builds on WestRock's long history of stewardship of this land. For over 90 years, the company has been an innovator and industry leader in sustainable forestry. And today, as a result, East Edisto is a showcase of healthy forest, clean water and thriving wildlife habitat. Living proof that business prospers when nature prospers.


The plan protects the Edisto River, too, with far-reaching impact. A conservation easement has been placed along more than a 10-mile stretch of the river that borders East Edisto. We are helping to protect a unique natural resource – the longest free-flowing blackwater river in U.S. The Edisto also happens to be a vital tributary to the ACE Basin downstream, one of the largest undeveloped natural estuaries and wildlife sanctuaries on the Atlantic Coast.


There are many other kinds of resources. Sites that are really inseparable from the land itself. These sites have their own stories to tell, some going back centuries to the earliest settlements and farms. All contribute to the rich and layered story of the Lowcountry.

A shared vision.

Together, the greater Charleston community and WestRock (formerly MWV) have developed a vision plan for East Edisto that will contribute to the region's economic vitality while preserving the very best of Lowcountry life.


This plan builds on WestRock's long history of stewardship of this land. For over 90 years, the company has been an innovator and industry leader in sustainable forestry. And today, as a result, East Edisto is a showcase of healthy forest, clean water and thriving wildlife habitat. Living proof that business prospers when nature prospers.


The plan protects the Edisto River, too, with far-reaching impact. A conservation easement has been placed along more than a 10-mile stretch of the river that borders East Edisto. We are helping to protect a unique natural resource – the longest free-flowing blackwater river in U.S. The Edisto also happens to be a vital tributary to the ACE Basin downstream, one of the largest undeveloped natural estuaries and wildlife sanctuaries on the Atlantic Coast.


There are many other kinds of resources. Sites that are really inseparable from the land itself. These sites have their own stories to tell, some going back centuries to the earliest settlements and farms. All contribute to the rich and layered story of the Lowcountry.

A shared vision.

Together, the greater Charleston community and WestRock (formerly MWV) have developed a vision plan for East Edisto that will contribute to the region's economic vitality while preserving the very best of Lowcountry life.

This plan builds on WestRock's long history of stewardship of this land. For over 90 years, the company has been an innovator and industry leader in sustainable forestry. And today, as a result, East Edisto is a showcase of healthy forest, clean water and thriving wildlife habitat. Living proof that business prospers when nature prospers.

The plan protects the Edisto River, too, with far-reaching impact. A conservation easement has been placed along more than a 10-mile stretch of the river that borders East Edisto. We are helping to protect a unique natural resource – the longest free-flowing blackwater river in U.S. The Edisto also happens to be a vital tributary to the ACE Basin downstream, one of the largest undeveloped natural estuaries and wildlife sanctuaries on the Atlantic Coast.

There are many other kinds of resources. Sites that are really inseparable from the land itself. These sites have their own stories to tell, some going back centuries to the earliest settlements and farms. All contribute to the rich and layered story of the Lowcountry.

Together, the Charleston community and WestRock (formerly MWV) have developed a vision plan that will contribute to regional economic vitality while preserving the very best of Lowcountry life.