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  • Black River Swamp Protection

    The Nature Conservancy began playing a role in the protection of the Black River Conservation Area in the 1980’s, and has returned focus to the area in 2010 with the purchase of a 440-acre tract or river frontage. With another federal grant in the process, chances are that another parcel will join their conservation portfolio in 2011, further bolstering the Black River Swamp Preserve.

    The initial foray by TNC in the Black River Swamp Conservation Area was a 1,296-acre tract, purchased in the 1980’s and on November 15, 2010 TNC was able to purchase an adjacent 440-acre tract that consists of mature bottomland hardwood forests. This gives TNC roughly five miles of riverfront protection between Pine Tree landing and Stump House landing.

    “Land protection within this watershed will help recharge groundwater, control flooding, and filter nutrient and sediment run-off,” said Eric Krueger, director of science and stewardship for TNC. “This will improve water quality and habitat for people, wildlife, and even for our oyster restoration project 20 miles downstream in Winyah Bay.”

    This project is part of a larger collaborative effort to protect the river corridors that comprise the Winyah Bay drainage basin, which is the third largest on the Atlantic coast. Organizations that have conserved lands in the Black River Swamp area are Ducks Unlimited, the Pee Dee land trust, and private landowners using the USDA’s Wetlands Reserve Program.