Wetlands are natural treasures, but unfortunately have long been misunderstood and undervalued. Few people recognize that wetlands provide water purification, flood prevention, habitat for extraordinary biodiversity, recreational opportunities, and more all for free.
Through the Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas program, CarWA seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of wetlands, and to generate community pride in and commitment to stewardship of wetlands that have regional, national and even international importance.
Each May during American Wetlands Month, CarWA will recognize several wetland sites in North Carolina and South Carolina. The long-term goal is to recognize high quality representatives of each of the wetland types found in each ecoregion of North and South Carolina (Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain). Collectively, Wetland Treasures will represent the wetland heritage of the Carolinas.
2018 Wetland Treasures
- Black River Swamp (Bladen, Pender and Sampson Counties, NC)
- Hemlock Bluffs (Wake County, NC)
- Lewis Ocean Bay (Horry County, SC)
- Pink Beds Bog (Pisgah National Forest, NC)
- Sparkleberry Swamp in (Lake Marion, SC)
2017 Wetland Treasures
- Congaree National Park (Richland County, SC)
- Hobcaw Barony Wetlands (Georgetown County, SC)
- Kanuga Bog (Henderson County, NC)
- Robertson Millpond (Wake County, NC)
- Scuppernong River Swamp (Tyrrell County, NC)
2016 Wetland Treasures:
- Antioch Bay (Hoke County, NC)
- Francis Beidler Forest (Dorchester County, SC)
- Green Swamp (Brunswick County, NC)
- Mason Farm Wetlands (Orange County, NC))
- Phelps Lake Shoreline (Washington County, NC)
CarWA thanks Wisconsin Wetlands Association, whose Wetland Gems program (wisconsinwetlands.org/gems.htm) is the model for this program.
Photo Credit: William Conner, Hobcaw Barony Wetlands (Georgetown County, SC)