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South Carolina resident elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 23, 2014 – Mike McShane, of Johns Island, South Carolina, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention in St. Louis.

Book: Rice & Ducks

Written by Virginia Christian Beach. Records the history of the South Carolina rice lands, a landscape that stretches all the way from the Pee Dee River to the Savannah.

Bonneau Ferry Project Completed in South Carolina

Last fall, Ducks Unlimited completed a project to improve 387 acres of waterfowl habitat on Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in South Carolina.

South Carolina lawmakers tour Santee Delta

Representatives from Ducks Unlimited and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) took South Carolina congressional representatives through the Santee Delta to show them conservation efforts across the region. The tour was organized by Wetland America Trust board member and Annandale Plantation owner Dan Ray and state senator Chip Campsen.

DU Explores Partnership with Forest Service in South Carolina

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Jamie Rader met with Atlantic Coast Joint Venture representatives and U.S. Forest Service personnel to explore a potential partnership that would enhance wildlife habitat on national forests in South Carolina.

Migration Alert: South Carolina Hunters Off to Strong Start

Last weekend, waterfowlers along the South Carolina coast put up numbers that would be impressive anywhere in the country. Hunter-success rates approached a limit of ducks per person at two wildlife management areas.

DU and the Nature Conservancy Enhance South Carolina Reserve

The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited have been working collaboratively to help maintain the Washo Reserve's habitat value for wintering waterfowl as well as wading birds.

Ducks Unlimited honors staff member, volunteer leader in Carolinas

CLOVER, S.C. – Aug. 20, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Regional Director Justin Harris a 2012-13 Co-Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 7, an area that encompasses the southeastern United States.

Lowcountry Bear Island Project Nearly Completed

Ducks Unlimited is wrapping up its last project under Phase II of a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant supporting DU's South Carolina Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative.

South Carolina Initiative Receives Third NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners received a third North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant last fall as part of South Carolina's Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative.

Southeast Wetlands Initiative

Supporting the rich outdoor heritage of the southeastern United States by conserving key habitats for Atlantic and eastern Mississippi Flyway waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 27, 2013 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength.

American Luxury Coach unveils special-edition DU vehicles

American Luxury Coach (ALC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently introduced a series of customized vehicles designed for the outdoor enthusiast. Using standard 2013 General Motors trucks and sport-utility vehicles, ALC modified and enhanced the vehicles to incorporate the DU signature logo and additional luxury features.

A Weekend of Art, Oysters, and Fun in the Lowcountry

The East Cooper DU chapter, in partnership with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), hosts an annual oyster roast and auction that is one of the largest and most successful DU fundraisers in the nation.

Giving Back to the Breeding Grounds - Dan and Linda Ray

Becoming a conservationist of prairie nesting habitat was something of a natural evolution for Dan Ray. Dan grew up near South Carolina's Santee Delta, known for its strong waterfowling heritage. But it was after he and his wife, Linda, bought Annandale Plantation, with its 3,500 acres of marshes and waterfowl habitat, that Dan truly fell in love with waterfowling, and it was after meeting Ducks Unlimited staff that he began to understand the connection between the quality of waterfowling in the Santee Delta and conservation efforts on the northern prairies.

Sen. Lindsey Graham honored for conservation legacy

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was honored by a coalition of conservation groups with the 2012 Conservation Excellence Award in September, honoring his role in protecting thousands of acres of critical wildlife habitat over the past two decades.

Corps issues general permit, supports South Carolina wetland management

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Charleston District, along with various state agencies and stakeholders, held an event in mid-August at Nemours Plantation to announce the recently issued Managed Tidal Impoundment General Permit. The result of a multi-year combined effort among state, federal and private entities along with the USACE, the general permit will speed the process of getting waterfowl-focused wetland enhancements accomplished through the Charleston District of the USACE.

MeadWestvaco and DU Partner in South Carolina

Ducks Unlimited recently partnered with the MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) to create an impoundment for waterfowl on the Featherbed Plantation in South Carolina's Lowcountry.

South Carolina DU volunteers meet with Rep. Duncan, highlight importance of NAWCA

Ducks Unlimited's South Carolina Public Policy Chair Bill Short, along with State Chairman Andy Stevenson and State Chairman Elect John Leaphart, had an excellent meeting recently with U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC).

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts in 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation.

Georgetown Chapter recognized nationally

GEORGETOWN, S.C. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Georgetown Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

East of the Cooper Chapter recognized nationally

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the East of the Cooper Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Hemingway Chapter recognized nationally

HEMINGWAY, SC – March 15, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. This past fall, the Hemingway Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 19, 2012 – As the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month's milestone 9th Annual World Water Day.

S.C. Gov. Haley proclaims Jan. 29 Ducks Unlimited Day

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed Jan. 29, 2012, as Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Day throughout the Palmetto State.

S.C. Gov. Haley proclaims Jan. 29 Ducks Unlimited Day

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed Jan. 29, 2012, as Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Day throughout the Palmetto State. She encouraged all South Carolinians to recognize and honor the organization for its outstanding leadership and significant achievement in restoring vital habitats in South Carolina and throughout North America, and for its work as a visionary pioneer in the world of conservation.

Expiration of enhanced tax incentives could mean less conservation easement activity in 2012 after banner year in DU's Southern Region

With the looming expiration of enhanced easement tax incentives on Dec. 31, Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region experienced a banner year for donated conservation easements.

South Carolina: Savage Backwater Restoration Project

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Wildlife Management Area originated from Mary's Island, the first land protection project ever completed by Ducks Unlimited.

Live Oaks Sportsman's Club Supports South Carolina DU

Live Oaks Sportsman's Club in Swansea South Carolina has played a crucial roll in the success of South Carolina Ducks Unlimited. Live Oaks has hosted several chapters for their banquets and fund raisers including, North Edisto, Calhoun County, Lexington, and Columbia Chapters. With duck season right around the corner now is the time to go out and visit live oaks to sharpen your skills before the season.

NAWCA Grants Hanging in the Budget Balance

Wetland conservation grants approved, but will there be funding?

Harris Joins SCDU as Regional Director

Justin Harris, who spent three years in New York with Ducks Unlimited, has been named the Regional Director (RD) for the Western Region of South Carolina.

Join us for the 2011 South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Convention!

South Carolina state news.

Join Us for the 2011 South Carolina Ducks Unlimited State Convention!


First Annual Ducks Unlimited Car and Truck Show to Be Held May 28 in Lexington

South Carolina state news.

DU Member Conservation Efforts Recognized

South Carolina’s ACE Basin is one of many areas that have been successfully protected through different land protection programs. Recently, a DU member’s land protection plan was highlighted in the local media. The article brings to light the importance of protecting and conserving natural habitats for future generations.

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

DU Supports South Carolina Mottled Duck Project

DU and partners to conduct a study of hen mottled ducks

Policy News 3-5

DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

SCDU War Eagle Raffle Drawing Winner Announced!

South Carolina state news.

SCDU War Eagle Raffle Drawing to be Held December 23rd

South Carolina state news.

DU Celebrates Hunting, Fishing Heritage with Passage of Amendments in Three States

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov.3, 2010 – Voters in Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina overwhelmingly approved amendments yesterday that will protect hunting and fishing as constitutional rights.

Ducks Unlimited supports South Carolina right to hunt and fish amendment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 22, 2010 – On Nov. 2, South Carolinians will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make the 12th state to protect hunting and fishing as constitutional rights.

Ducks Unlimited supports South Carolina right to hunt and fish amendment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 22, 2010 – On Nov. 2, South Carolinians will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make South Carolina the 12th state to protect hunting and fishing as constitutional rights.

South Carolina Mottled Duck Research Project - Background Info

Ducks Unlimited and its partners initiated research in August 2010 to investigate the habitat use, movements, breeding season parameters and survival of female mottled ducks in coastal South Carolina.

DU and USFWS partner on multiple projects in South Carolina

DU is working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff to improve areas on the Santee and ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuges for waterfowl. Several important habitat management and restoration projects began this spring and will continue into the fall.

South Carolina Mottled Duck Research Project

South Carolina Mottled Duck Research Project, conducted by Ducks Unlimited and its partners in SC's Lowcountry region, primarily within the ACE Basin.

The Sprig Newsletter

Read the latest issue of The Sprig, a newsletter designed to keep you updated on Ducks Unlimited's Lowcountry Initiative in South Carolina.

Santee National Wildlife Refuge improvement projects

ARRA funding supports wetlands conservation May 25, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited will be working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff to improve areas on the Santee National Wildlife Refuge for waterfowl. Several important habitat management and restoration projects will begin this spring and continue through the summer months. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has provided additional support to Santee NWR to rehabilitate and enhance migratory bird habitat on the Cuddo and the Bluff Unit’s impoundments. With ARRA funding, the refuge will contract Ducks Unlimited to perform most of the on-the-ground construction.

2010 SCDU State Convention Lands in the Capital City

Join Us at the 2010 SCDU State Convention and Awards Gala in Columbia!

Dillon County DU & the Big Dog Raffle

Dillon County DU is back up and running for the first time in 8 years, and they're starting off with a bang!

DU reaches conservation milestone in South Atlantic

Ducks Unlimited recently achieved another milestone by conserving its 250,000th acre in the South Atlantic Flyway. Public and private lands projects in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are providing crucial habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl in the region.

2010 SEWE / East Cooper DU Oyster Roast

Tickets are now available for the 2010 SEWE DU Oyster Roast on Friday, February 12, 2010!

DU's highest point ever

Ducks Unlimited has reached many high conservation milestones since 1937, but recently the DU flag was fluttering at its highest point ever: the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

DU and Partners Receive $1 Million for South Carolina Wetlands

CHARLESTON, S.C., September 28, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited and partners received a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant for protection and enhancement of over 8,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat in Beaufort, Charleston, and Georgetown counties in South Carolina. Partners contributed over $3.2 million in matching funds toward the federal grant.

2009 State Convention of "National Convention Quality"

Local, state and national DU leaders gathered in downtown Greenville for the 2009 SCDU State Convention.

New Initiative for South Carolina Unveiled

At a major sponsor event in April, Ducks Unlimited unveiled a new initiative focused on delivering conservation to South Carolina and the breeding grounds. Fifty-six attendees including incoming DU President John Pope, were given a presentation on Carolina Connection during the event hosted by Mrs. Lucille V. Pate at Arcadia Plantation.

Tragic Deaths Lead to Donations in South Carolina

Tragic Deaths Lead to Donations in South Carolina On the night of Dec. 18, 2008, Jonathan Wayne Bunch, 18, and Jonathan "Taylor" Chafin, 20, were involved in a tragic traffic accident that took both young men's lives. The two young men were friends and shared a love of duck hunting and motorcycles.

Record attendance highlights USC's Ducks Unlimited fall banquet

Record attendance highlights USC's Ducks Unlimited fall banquet 2008 brings record numbers, proceeds for University of South Carolina chapter

Lexington leader is new SC DU State Chairman

A man that has been a career law enforcement officer will serve and protect the best interests of South Carolina Ducks Unlimited for the next two years. The SC DU state chairman Jay Phillips with the Chairman's plaque Lexington chapter of DU has been a Top 100 chapter in the nation

DU State Convention returns to Charleston

The South Carolina state chapter of Ducks Unlimited returned to Charleston August 22-24 for a second consecutive year, after a banner turnout in 2007. The SC DU Convention is open to all Ducks Unlimited members, volunteers and supporters.

Grand Strand DU Set for Another Successful Fall

One of the nation's largest chapters is poised for continuing its tradition of excellence...

2008 SCDU State Convention in Charleston

Join us August 22-24 for the 2008 SCDU State Convention at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston!

CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROTECTS LOWCOUNTRY LEGACY

Middleton Place Woodlands Easement Brings Total Acres Protected within the Ashley River Historic District to More Than 12,000 CHARLESTON, SC, February 28, 2008 – The Ashley River historic district, graced with centuries-old plantations and oaks dressed in Spanish moss, represents the uniquely beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Now, a part of this legacy has been protected forever from encroaching development.

Become a Life Sponsor!

Cumulative Giving Program

Announcing New State Life Sponsor Chairman Rick Baumann

Long-time DU volunteer accepts new leadership role

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates World Wetlands Day with Youth

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee this weekend. These hunts fall on World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and share the importance of wetlands world-wide. Attendees have the opportunity to make a personal connection with wetlands through waterfowl hunting.

2008 East Cooper/SEWE Oyster Roast

Announcing the 2008 East Cooper DU Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Oyster Roast.

Arcadia Plantation: Protecting the Past for the Future

Arcadia Plantation: Protecting the Past for the Future Ducks Unlimited Easement Protects Historic Lands GEORGETOWN, S.C., December 12, 2007 – Mrs. Lucille V. Pate and her family continue a long history of land stewardship by granting a Ducks Unlimited conservation easement for Arcadia Plantation. The 3,612-acre easement permanently protects some of the most historically and environmentally important habitat in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

State Convention meets in Charles

The business of waterfowling is an old game and South Carolinians helped to author a glorious chapter of that history during the days of rice production. Fast forward to today’s Carolina coast that is bursting at the seams with development, and when habitat conservation of our remaining wetlands is the topic, then it is clear that Ducks Unlimited is a leader in that fight.

Ducks Unlimited launches online migration map - SC

Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 10, 2007 – As the fall hunting season approaches, there’s one question on the mind of every duck hunter: Where are the ducks? Ducks Unlimited is now helping answer that question. This week, Ducks Unlimited launched the most comprehensive migration map on the Web today.

New Season of DU TV Begins!

MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 1, 2007 – Want to go waterfowl hunting this Saturday? Well, you can – sort of. Even though the real season won’t start for another month or two, you can enjoy a taste of what’s to come by watching the new season of Ducks Unlimited Television on the VERSUS network.

House recommends $3 million increase for NAWCA

The efforts of Ducks Unlimited supporters and volunteers who contacted their members of Congress led to the House Appropriations Committee recommending a more than $3 million increase to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for fiscal year 2008.

Biofuels innovation proposal mixes habitat protection with energy independence - SC

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited applauds a new cellulosic fuels proposal introduced by two members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Sens. John Thune (SD) and Ben Nelson (NE) are pushing for the Biofuels Innovation Program and for incorporation into the energy title of the 2007 Farm Bill.

Future of National Wildlife Refuges in Jeopardy - SC

WASHINGTON – Thursday, April 26, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited, along with a diverse group of conservation partners, released a report on Wednesday about the ailing National Wildlife Refuges. The report details the short and long-term effects of shrinking budgets and seeks basic funding for day-to-day operations and maintenance for the refuges.

Conservation Project Completed - Santee NWR

The purpose of this project was to improve water management capabilities on 300 acres of managed wetlands within the Pine Island Unit of Santee NWR. This project included construction of one cross-dike to separate green-tree reservoir units from other freshwater management units in this complex and also included installation one water control structure.

Conservation Project Completed - Broad River WMA

To provide optimum management capability on an existing 49-acre wetland on Broad River WMA. This project includes the construction of a cross-dike and installation of a water control structure, thus allowing the manager to provide suitable water levels across the entire wetland area.

Mepkin Abbey OKs easement

Monks further peace of mind by conserving piece of land

The South Carolina Conservation Bank Partners With Ducks Unlimited

By Marvin Davant, SC Conservation Bank Director and DU Volunteer The South Carolina Conservation Bank Act was signed into law in 2002 but funding for the Bank did not begin until 2004. As with most legislation the introduction and passage of this Act was difficult and time consuming.

Bill to create a sportsmen’s caucus goes to governor

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSMEN will have a much stronger and more organized voice in legislative decisions in the future with the passage of a bill that authorizes a South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

DU Biologist Kenny Williams Honored by US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) honored Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Kenny Williams with the Southeast Regional Director’s Conservation and Humanitarian Award. The USFWS presented this award to Kenny, recognizing his outstanding contributions to wildlife and natural resource conservation in 2005.

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

Pee Dee River Basin Chapter

The small South Carolina towns of Hemingway and Johnsonville continue to support one of the state's finest Ducks Unlimited chapters. With a population of less than 2,500 between these neighboring towns, the Pee Dee River Basin Chapter continually produces a full hall as supporters come from all over the region to enjoy their annual dinner.

Carolina Connection Initiative

South Carolina's Carolina Connection Initiative helps Ducks Unlimited restore habitat for South Carolina ducks and geese.

Where South Carolina's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region, Great Lakes Region and St. Lawrence Plain are critical to South Carolina waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of South Carolina’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”.

Flying High in the Lowcountry

South Carolina’s scenic ACE Basin offers some of the finest late-season duck hunting in the Atlantic Flyway.

Santee NWR - Pine Island Enhancement Project

The purpose of this project was to improve water management capabilities on 300 acres of managed wetlands within the Pine Island Unit of Santee NWR. This project included construction of one cross-dike to separate green-tree reservoir units from other freshwater management units in this complex and also included installation one water control structure.

Broad River WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

To provide optimum management capability on an existing 49-acre wetland on Broad River WMA. This project includes the construction of a cross-dike and installation of a water control structure, thus allowing the manager to provide suitable water levels across the entire wetland area.

Bear Island WMA

This page gives links to speciific conservation projects in Bear Island.

Fants Grove WMA

Here are two links to specific conservation projects in Fants Grove.

Santee Coastal Reserve

This page lists specific conservation projects on the Santee Coastal Reserve.

South Carolina Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in South Carolina. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

Continental Links

Waterfowl habitat partnerships between Ducks Unlimited and the State of South Carolina

Bear Island - Springfield Tract - Acquisition

To protect (through acquisition) 250 acres of brackish marsh, thus providing additional managed waterfowl habitat on Bear Island WMA. This project provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl in the ACE Basin. Principal species include mallards, mottled ducks, Northern pintail, American wigeon, gadwall, Northern shovelers, green-winged and blue-winged teal.

Bear Island WMA - Cut Unit - Acquisition

To protect (through acquisition) 966 acres of brackish marsh, thus providing additional managed waterfowl habitat on Bear Island WMA. This project provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl in the ACE Basin.

Fants Grove WMA - Beaverdam Creek Project

The purpose of this project was to create 66 acres of wintering waterfowl habitat on Fants Grove WMA by constructing a dike along Beaverdam Creek and installing a water control structure to facilitate water level management. Subsequent to the original construction, a wellhead was established to provide a dependable source of water during fall and winter months.

Fants Grove WMA - Clemson Waterfowl Impoundment

To develop a waterfowl management impoundment (17 acres) on Fants Grove WMA from an existing agricultural field. This project will help demonstrate to local farmers how to integrate waterfowl management practices with an agricultural operation.

Donnelley WMA - Savage Backwater Restoration

To restore management capability (300 acres) on an existing freshwater impoundment within Donnelley WMA by replacing one non-functional water control structure, installing an additional structure and excavating 15,000' of existing internal ditches. Improved management will result in a floating pad plant community and submersed aquatic vegetation attractive to wood ducks and ring-necked ducks.

Francis Marion National Forest

This page lists specific conservation projects in the Francis Marion National Forest.

Francis Marion NF - Little Hellhole Reserve

To replace an outdated and non-functional spillway structure with a modern full-round aluminum water control structure to facilitate management of a freshwater wetland on Francis Marion National Forest. The new structure will allow for water level manipulations to promote a combination of flooded agricultural crops and/or natural moist-soil plant production to attract wintering waterfowl.

Francis Marion National Forest - North Tibwin Unit

The purpose of this project was to restore management potential on existing tidal and non-tidal wetland impoundments (107 acres) by replacing outdated water control structures, cleaning of internal ditches and reconfiguration of dikes to facilitate water circulation and water level management. These improvements allow for more intensive management of individual impoundments within the wetlands complex.

Francis Marion National Forest - South Tibwin Unit

To restore 60 acres of tidal marsh and moist-soil impoundments on Francis Marion National Forest through replacement of water control structures, cleaning of internal ditches and renovation of dikes to facilitate water circulation and water level management. These improvements allow for more intensive management of individual impoundments within the wetlands complex.

Santee NWR - Cuddo Unit

To restore water management capabilities on 320 acres within a managed wetlands complex on Santee NWR by installing three new aluminum flashboard risers. The managed wetlands provide valuable foraging habitat for wintering ducks including mallards, green-winged teal, wigeon, and gadwall.

Manchester State Forest - Beidler GTR Restoration

To improve management capabilities on 270 acres of green-tree reservoir habitat on Manchester State Forest through replacement of six existing water control structures that are non-functional. These structures can be manipulated to completely draw down the area during the growing season and reflood in late fall, thus providing foraging habitat to dabbling ducks.

Russell Creek WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 25 acres of moist-soil habitat on low-lying areas adjacent to Russell Creek through construction of 4,550 feet of dikes and installation of 5 water control structures. Mast-producing hardwoods were not removed from the resulting impoundments. Portions of the impoundments are planted annually and flooded in the fall to attract wood ducks, mallards, Canada geese and ring-necked ducks.

Santee Coastal Reserve - Cape Unit Restoration

To restore 536 acres of tidal marsh on Santee Coastal Reserve through renovation of existing dike. Approximately 35,000 feet of dike will be raised to prevent flooding from the adjacent Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway caused by high tides, storm surges and boat wakes.

Santee Coastal Reserve - Big Well Enhancement

To provide optimum management capability on an existing tidal impoundment totaling 152 acres through construction of internal crossdikes, installation of spillway structures and installation of additional ricefield trunks for flooding and draining. The exterior dikes have fallen blow grade due to subsidence and must be raised to facilitate effective management.

Wee Tee Bottoms State Forest -Wetlands Acquisition

The purpose of this project was to provide financial assistance in conjunction with other conservation partners for the acquisition of a large block of contiguous uplands and forested wetlands along the Santee River. The acquisition of bottomland hardwoods (12,449 acres) provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl near the Santee River.

Samworth WMA - Young Tract - Acquisition

The purpose of this project was to protect 327 acres of tidal freshwater marsh. Acquisition of this property further enhanced wetland management capabilities on Samworth WMA. The property is located in an important wintering area for wood ducks, mallards, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal and Northern shovelers.

Lowcountry Initiative - Conservation Easements

Conservation easements
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