Types of Greenspace Protected

The Greenbelt Plan defines greenbelts as:

Passive greenspace: Trails, greenways, interpretive parks, and access points for water activities, such as fishing, crabbing, boating, etc.,

Active greenspace: Play fields and parks with low environmental impact,

Lowcountry natural resources: Upland forests, swamps, bogs, brackish and freshwater wetlands, Carolina bays, marsh islands, and cypress, backwater, and saltwater marshes,

Productive landscapes: Lands used for agriculture, silviculture, and mariculture,

Heritage landscapes: Irreplaceable cultural and historical landscapes unique to the County,

Corridors: Scenic roadways, abandoned rail lines, utility corridors, and scenic waterways,

Natural infrastructure: Floodplains, wildlife habitat, riparian zones, and lands critical to clean water,

Reclaimed greenspace: Brownfields, abandoned sites, and other green infill projects.

These greenbelts collectively form a protected living system of landscapes that serve the residents, businesses, visitors, and future generations of Charleston County by preserving and improving the health and quality of life for all.

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