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May: Message from the PResident

Wetland Supporters:

May is American Wetland Month, so I hope you all are celebrating our wetlands and the value they bring to us all.  We have had two of our Wetland Treasure tours, Woods Bay and Santee Coastal Preserve, both in SC, and they were a lot of fun.  Thanks to everyone who participated. The tours were very informative and attendees learned a lot about our wetlands. We have three more tours to go so be sure to check them out; there is open space for the tours at Croatan National Forest and Merchants Mill Pond.

Also during American Wetland Month, we hope you will remember your organization.  We are completing our 3-year Strategic Plan and will be taking steps to implement the plan.  We will make it available publicly once the Board approves it in July. In order to implement the plan, we will need much more funding and people resources and that is where you come into play.  Please consider making a donation to the organization during American Wetlands Month, both financially and time! Let us hear from you.

Now go out and explore a wetland!

Rick

Press Release: Celebrate Wetland Treasures this Spring!

Raleigh, NC –  Carolina Wetlands Association joins wetlands enthusiasts all over the country to raise public awareness about the beauty and importance of the nation’s wetlands during April, Earth Month. To promote the importance of wetland ecosystems, the Carolina Wetlands Association announces its fourth class of Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas. Wetland Treasures contain ecologically valuable wetlands, protected by conservation plans, and diversity of plants and animals.

“We are thrilled to celebrate these Wetland Treasures,” said Carrie Caviness, coordinator of this project. “We hope Carolinians will take pride in our wetland heritage, and we owe a great deal of gratitude to the organizations and agencies that are protecting these natural treasures,” said Caviness. The 2019 Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas are as follows (click on links to view a factsheet):

“We are offering tours of all our 2019 wetland treasure sites starting the first weekend in May thru June 8. We invite Carolinians to come experience the beauty, wonder and ecology of wetlands up close with us,” said Rick Savage, President of the Carolina Wetlands Association. Field tours details are listed above, as well as on the Carolina Wetlands Association website at carolinawetlands.org.

Wetlands play an important role in both the ecology and economy of the Carolinas. They are beautiful, magical places and are sanctuaries for people and wildlife. These hardworking ecosystems provide natural flood control and filter runoff, which helps keep our rivers, lakes, and drinking water clean.

Carolina Wetlands Association thanks the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, whose Wetland Gems program is the model for this program. Carolina Wetlands Association promotes the understanding, protection, restoration, and enjoyment of North and South Carolina’s wetlands and associated ecosystems through science-based programs, education, and advocacy. More information online at carolinawetlands.org.

Contact: Rick Savage, President, Carolina Wetlands Association rick.savage@carolinawetlands.org, carolinawetlands.org

2019 Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas

The Carolina Wetlands Association is proud to announce our 2019 Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas.  Through the Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas program, the Carolina Wetlands Association seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of wetlands, and generate community pride in and commitment to stewardship of wetlands that have regional, national and even international importance.

The 2019 Wetland Treasures are located in both North and South Carolina and are found in the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountains.  These wetlands sites are importnat to protecting biodiversity, are ecologically high-quality, and provide significant ecosystem services.    

  • Bluff Mountain Fen in Ashe County, NC
    • Wetland Type: Southern Appalachian Fen
    • Unique Feature: Only known wetland type in the region
  • Croatan National Forest in Craven, Carteret, and Jones counties, NC
      •  Wetland Type: Pocosin (dominate type)
      • Unique Feature: Approximately 75% of the Croatan may be considered wetlands with pocosins comprising the majority of the wetland acreage.
  • Merchants Millpond in Gates County, NC
    • Wetland Type: Cypress-Gum Swamp (Blackwater)
    • Unique Feature: Created 190 years ago, a coastal pond and southern swamp forest mingle, creating one of North Carolina’s rarest ecological communities.
  • Santee Coastal Preserve in Charleston County, SC
    •  Wetland Type: Freshwater Cypress Swamp
    • Unique Feature: Once a rice plantation, this reserve provides essential habitat for many species of wildlife.
  • Woods Bay in Florence, Clarendon, and Sumter counties, SC
    • Wetland Type: Carolina Bay
    • Unique Feature: One of the last remaining, relatively undisturbed, large Carolina bays on the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain.

More information about the Wetland Treasures of the Carolina program including factsheets highlighting each site and directions on our website.  Stayed tune for more information about field tours to each of these Wetland Treasure sites in May and June.

We hope to see you in a wetland this spring!

Jessica Tisdale and Carrie Caviness
Carolina Wetlands Association

March Wetland Treasure of the Month: Lewis Ocean Bay

Minutes away from humming highways of Myrtle Beach and surrounded by the bustling urban development of Horry County, a natural wonderland and oasis flourish at SCDNR’s Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve. The 10,427 acre preserve protects Carolina bay/longleaf pine ecosystem complex that contains South Carolina’s best assemblage of Carolina bays. The preserve is linked via several swamp corridors to the Waccamaw River. These isolated wetlands provide essential food, water, cover, and space for many species, not to mention providing ecosystem services to the surrounding urban interface including flood mitigation, clean air, and recreation. This preserve not only provides wildlife viewing; it also provides hunting opportunities for the public.

Biodiversity

This is a fire-adapted ecosystem and prescribed burning continues to play a major role in shaping the ecosystem today. Fire favors herbaceous plants such as fly traps, pitcher plants and native orchids. The preserve is home to several rare species, including Venus fly trap, savannah milkweed, pitcher plants and the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Water Supply

The natural lands of the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve protect the water supply of nearby urban areas.

Recreation

The preserve is open to the public from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. This is a great place to go for hike and a good place to view birds.

For more information

2016 Wetland Treasures Announced

CarWA is thrilled to recognize and celebrate our inaugural class of Wetland Treasures sites! Click the links below to open a fact sheet and learn about the ecology, significance, flora and fauna, and more for each site:

Join us for one of our field trips in May. Click here for more information.

 

Photo Credit: Skip Pudney (Green Swamp; Brunswick County, NC)