By Ducks Unlimited Manager of Conservation Programs James Rader
Looking out over Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, you can tell habitat conditions are prime for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. Large flocks of gadwall and avocets dart across the water, pausing in a delicate hover before settling in to feed. All of this takes place because of the restoration work Ducks Unlimited did here in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and that work was made possible by the South Carolina Conservation Bank.
As a former South Carolina Department of Natural Resources biologist and current manager of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited, I am intimately familiar with the challenges public land managers face. Between budget restrictions, competing user interests and limited manpower, sometimes optimally managing habitat is daunting and the thought of enhancing or adding habitat to public lands is untenable.
Fortunately, in South Carolina, there is a unique opportunity for conservation efforts on private and public land - the South Carolina Conservation Bank.
Unfortunately, there are threats to the bank and all of the habitat conservation it enables us to do. The bank's authorization will expire in July 2018.
To address these threats to conservation, Ducks Unlimited and others are trying to make the South Carolina Conservation Bank a permanent and sustainably funded part of state government. It is vital that every citizen, landowner and businessman understands the incredible conservation work made possible by the South Carolina Conservation Bank and supports its continuation.
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