The Gullah community of St. Helena struggles to promote the island's cultural and natural resources while preserving the environment for future generations. Livelihoods based on fishing, farming and traditional arts are often tied to features of the coastal landscape.
For centuries, the island landform has both isolated and preserved the language and traditions of Gullah. Today, one of the biggest issues for St. Helena is development characteristic of Hilton Head and other island resorts. The island is only a bridge away from Beaufort's booming population, and tourism along the coast is one of the fastest growing industries in South Carolina .