DU Regional Biologist Emily Purcell recently attended a dedication event for the Wateree River Heritage Preserve Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Richland County, South Carolina. The WMA will provide hunting, fishing, and general outdoor recreational access to the public.

DU partnered with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Haile Gold Mine, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Act, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create the WMA as part of the Haile Gold Mine Mitigation Project.

Prior to the WMA's establishment, DU held an easement on property at Cook's Mountain. Through the Haile Gold Mine Mitigation Plan, acreage was added to this easement, protecting the entirety of Cook's Mountain. The South Carolina DNR then acquired ownership of the area through the mitigation plan and included it in the WMA.