It all started after Bruce Binney, a rising 3L, read the book “My Side of the Mountain” as a child and declared to his father that he wanted to go live in a tree. With an undergraduate degree in Forestry, Binney was immediately drawn to environmental, land use and property courses at The Charleston School of Law. The Lowcountry Open Land Trust has provided the perfect opportunity to continue developing his professional skills and gain more experience in the environmental field.
“I realized that as an arborist my influence would be somewhat limited, so I returned to school with hopes of increasing my voice,” said Binney. “I don’t want to simply enjoy what I do for a living; I want to have an actual impact on the local community and the world around me. Working with the Land Trust has helped me see tangible ways to help fulfill my goals.”
Binney says examining deeds and plats as well as visiting the Charleston County RMC office to gather information has been beneficial to see the fundamental workings of Property Law outside the classroom. He reviews the documentation behind the conservation easements granted to better understand the rights which they convey and also the restrictions they place on a piece of land.