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Andy Quattlebaum and Blackwell Family Foundation Help Conserve South Carolina’s Historic Coastal Impoundments

“The Andy Quattlebaum and Blackwell Family Foundation are proud to be involved with this initiative, for we value the heritage and diverse ecological systems in the Antebellum rice fields,” said Ed Dennis, The Andy Quattlebaum and Blackwell Family Foundation executive director. “We hope that through this study, landowners can use the research-based decision support tool to further develop their land management plans and preserve or improve on the historical habitat.”

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Ducks Unlimited and US Fish and Wildlife Service restore 2,651 acres on Savannah NWR

This is an excellent example of how DU can partner with USFWS to make management infrastructure at critical waterfowl refuges more resilient to storms, extreme flooding and changes in climate. DU engineering staff worked with refuge staff from throughout the project, developing and implementing a plan to improve the management capabilities of the impoundments with the Savannah NWR Complex. 

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Carolinas Awarded $2.7 million for Wetlands

“The Resilient Carolina Wetlands & Rivers IV NAWCA grant provides important funding to protect and enhance important habitats linked across the Carolinas, benefitting waterfowl and migratory birds while enhancing and expanding public access opportunities on national forests, state parks, and future game lands,” said DU director of conservation programs for South Atlantic, Emily Purcell.

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Expanding Youth Hunting Opportunities in the Low Country

“Thanks to donations, the youth and adult guides were able to hunt and enjoy a pancake breakfast and snacks during the hunt, and everyone left with a DU swag pack,” said South Carolina DU State Chairman Alex Mozingo. “Upon arriving at the site, hunters were given a safety talk. Each pair drew for their hunting blind, and then it was time to hunt. Youth were paired with an experienced hunter, often a parent, in the blind. It was an amazing opportunity for both experienced youth and youth new to waterfowling to come out and hunt birds that had not been pressured, learn about conservation, and how important it is to respect wildlife and provide quality habitat for them.”

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State Contacts

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State Chairman

Alex Mozingo

910-233-9996

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State Treasurer

Toby Avant

843-833-9566

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Volunteer Recruitment Chairman

James Williams

803-608-0684

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State Sponsor Chairman

Clayton Starnes

803-899-0616

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State Campaign / Major Gift Chairman

Austin Royal

803-391-5009

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Youth & Education Chairman

Matthew Marbert

864-992-9001

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Public Policy Chairman

Preston Stroman

803-374-6147

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Communication Chairman

Michael Ashenfelter

843-670-9483

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State Secretary

Chris Ford

803-524-8228

South Carolina Resources

South Carolina's Ducks

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." The majority of our Mallards originate in the Great Lakes Region and St. Lawrence Plain.

The Prairie Pothole Region, Great Lakes Region, and St. Lawrence Plain are all DU conservation focus areas. In addition, South Carolina benefits from DU's Southeastern Coastal Plain conservation work as the organization continues to conserve critical waterfowl habitat in the Palmetto State.

There is no waterfowl conservation organization that represents the needs of South Carolina waterfowl hunters like Ducks Unlimited.

Our critical conservation work provides support to our migration both on the breeding grounds and here at home.

With your help, we will preserve our waterfowl hunting heritage through habitat conservation of these areas vital to the South Carolina migration and harvest.

Click here for more information on DU's conservation priority areas.

South Carolina Facts

DU Membership: 15,550*

  • General Members: 12,918
  • Greenwings: 1,581
  • Legacy Greenwings: 58
  • Sponsor Members: 993
  • Major Sponsors: 686
  • Grassroots dollars raised last year: $2,133,029
  • Total acres conserved: 215,565
* Excludes canine memberships

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