Situated within the southeastern boundary of the Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto (ACE) basin, Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve is a spectacular natural resource within the lowcountry of South Carolina. A long-time visitor and fan of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the thing that most surprised me when stepping onto Botany Bay's Boneyard Beach is the sheer quantity and variety of shells that layer the sandy area of the beach. How can a place feel so wild and yet be so relatively close to populated areas like Charleston? The result of a forward-thiking coalition of individuals and groups including Ducks Unlimited, Colleton County, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and willing landowners and individuals, the ACE Basin Project has protected vast areas of wetland habitat through the use of conservation easements and outright purchases. This is particularly important for the lowcountry of South Carolina as studies quoted from 1996 show that visitors to the area that year spent nearly seven hundred and fifty million tourist dollars, with the most popular activities including going to the beach and hiking/hunting/fishing. As such, the ACE Basin Project seeks to further protect it's exceptional natural resources by capitalizing on a brand of tourism known as "Heritage Tourism," which concentrates on "authenticity, history, nature, and vanishing lifestyles," (SCDNR) all of which the low country posesses in spades.