Meet the LowCountry Institute and the Native Plant Project. Both of these organizations encourage the preservation and conservation of the natural assets of the Georgia and South Carolina LowCountry through education and environmental leadership.
The LowCountry Institute
The mission of the LowCountry Institute is to provide responsible leadership in the conservation and use of LowCountry natural resources – its biodiversity, pristine waters and ecological landscapes – by fostering learning opportunities and helping local policymakers, landowners and residents make informed decisions.
A great deal of their outreach is focused on school programs and adult education, so their Web site needed to be tailored for blogging, tweeting and video links and uploads.
The Native Plant Project
We were contacted by the Spring Island Trust in Okatie, South Carolina to build a Web site for their plant rescue and propagation activities. The Native Plant Project works to:
- Preserve and propagate plants that are indigenous to Spring Island and the Low Country
- Increase the availability of native plants through regular plant sales. (Proceeds benefit the Spring Island Trust.)
- Provide education for Spring Island members and others about native plants and how to grow them
Critical to the project was the creation of a master database of applicable plants. The database had to be simple to operate, exportable in various data formats for archival and restorative purposes, and serve as a foundation for various sale catalogs published throughout the year.
The finished database is used by both research staff and casual viewers to preserve and protect these indigenous plants.