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, Carolina Wetlands Association 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.

Interactive Map of Wetland Treasures

Each May during American Wetlands Month, Carolina Wetlands Association recognizes wetland sites across 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 (Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain) of North and South Carolina . Collectively, Wetland Treasures will represent the wetland heritage of the Carolinas.

North Carolina

South Carolina

Carolina Wetlands Association 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)