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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

DU Supports South Carolina Mottled Duck Project

DU and partners to conduct a study of hen mottled ducks

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.

Carolina Connection Initiative

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

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 - 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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