Longleaf pine on South Carolina's heritage preserves
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): J. Stowe
Compiler(s): J. S. Kush
Publication Year: 1999

Cataloging Information

  • coastal plain
  • Crotalus adamanteus
  • eastern diamondback rattlesnake
  • fire dependent species
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • gopher tortoise
  • Gopherus polyphemus
  • incendiary fires
  • loblolly pine
  • Longleaf Alliance
  • longleaf pine
  • military lands
  • montane forests
  • Picoides borealis
  • Piedmont
  • pine forests
  • Pinus echinata
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus taeda
  • red-cockaded woodpecker
  • sandhills
  • shortleaf pine
  • South Carolina
  • threatened and endangered species (animals)
  • threatened and endangered species (plants)
  • wildfires
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: July 24, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 49610
Tall Timbers Record Number: 26034
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: SD397.P59 L666 1998
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) acquires land in the state to protect rare species and ecosystems, and significant cultural and archaeological sites. These lands -- called heritage preserves (HPs) -- also provide outstanding recreational, educational, and research opportunities. Most of the state lies within the range of longleaf pine, and many of the DNR's HPs are forested in longleaf. Protecting longleaf pine ecosystems was the primary reason for obtaining many HPs. The South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) also owns and manages several preserves centered on longleaf; plus it helps the DNR to acquire certain HPs. The DNR's and TNC's longleaf preserves range in size from < 100 acres to > 18,000 acres, and they represent all of the state's longleaf habitat types. These lands protect rare faunal species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, eastern diamondback rattlesnake and gopher tortoise, plus rare floral species such as American chaffseed and Venus fly trap. With the help of the South Carolina Forestry Commission, the DNR and TNC conduct prescribed burns to restore and maintain the ecological integrity of the preserves, and to reduce fuel loads and help prevent wildfires.

Online Link(s):
Stowe, J. 1999. Longleaf pine on South Carolins's heritage preserves, in Kush, J. S., Longleaf pine: a forward look, Proceedings of the second Longleaf Alliance conference. Charleston, SC. The Longleaf Alliance,Andalusia, AL. p. 35-41,Longleaf Alliance Report No. 4 June 1999.