The Aiken Land Conservancy, formerly the Aiken County Open Land Trust, preserves land through land donations and conservation easements from landowners. ALC directly owns approximately 548 acres, which have been donated by landowners dedicated to the preservation of open space. The rest of the acreage preserved by ALC has come from conservation easements donated by land owners. In addition to protecting the environment, both outright donations of land and conservation easements can offer significant state and federal income tax benefits. ALC advises local landowners on the best ways to conserve their lands for generations to come.