ALC’s first major conservation easement was donated by Mrs. Arthur T. Lyman in 1994. This 94-acre easement includes a large hay meadow that sweeps down to a wetland seep containing spring azaleas and other interesting plants. The wetlands and bluffs above ponds and an Lyman meadowadjacent stream contain ecologically important plant communities and offer valuable wildlife habitat. The Lyman Preserve is connected to the Parkman Reserve by the Jantzen-Pickett Preserve, providing a continuous large tract of land on the south side of Aiken that is permanently protected from large-scale development. Because of these land donations and easement protections, a large tract of protected land is available for equestrian and pedestrian use, and passers-by on Silver Bluff Road and Richardson’s Lake Road are afforded a view of land maintained in its rural state forever.