City of Charleston
Church Creek Habitat Restoration and Flood Protection Project (SC)
Implement nature-based solutions and green infrastructure to protect critical infrastructure in and around the Church Creek Basin, promote community resilience around the basin and in surrounding communities, and enhance ecosystem services and hydrological function. Project will complete 33 acres of floodplain restoration, 2.5 miles of instream restoration, 28.5 acres of land restoration, and 29.5 acres of wetland restoration.
City of Charleston
Renaturalizing the Church Creek Drainage Basin (SC)
Develop an engineering and design plan, strengthen stakeholder participation, test outreach and educational opportunities, and complete necessary permitting to restore natural floodplain function. Project will steer and direct next steps to institutionalize a training program that would result in the proliferation of renaturalization as an effective resilience strategy in a broad geographic area far beyond the project site.
City of Charleston, South Carolina
Johns Island Restoration Plan To Improve Flood Resiliency (SC)
Reduce barriers to coastal resilience by producing a preliminary floodplain restoration planning framework that will integrate ecological function to increase the overall resilience of Johns Island’s communities, fish and wildlife. Project will evaluate how and where stream naturalization, floodplain protection and enhancement, wetland restoration/creation, and other nature-based infrastructure can be used to mitigate current and likely future flood risk on the island.
City of North Charleston
North Charleston Restoration for Resilience (SC)
Conduct Restoration Master Planning for three waterways, with parallel goals of reducing flood risk and restoring habitat. Project will advance three site-level concepts to 30 percent design and explore the potential for design-build delivery of the projects to be initiated alongside other local efforts.
Charleston County Parks and Recreation Department
Fishing Pier Installation at Sol Legare Boat Landing (SC)
Install a fishing pier at Sol Legare Boat Landing, a popular fishing facility located on James Island. Project will enable the public to have increased access to shore-based saltwater fishing and crabbing on the Stono River and will contribute to the quality of life for residents of Charleston County.
Chesterfield County Soil and Water Conservation District
Expanding Longleaf Pine Restoration in the South Carolina Sandhills Region
Establish and improve 1,600 acres of longleaf pine forest on public and private lands in Chesterfield and Darlington counties, South Carolina, which will benefit northern bobwhite, Bachman’s sparrow, and southern hognose snake. Project will utilize geospatial data to improve outreach to high-priority landowners, provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore and maintain longleaf pine, and increase prescribed burning capacity with a burn specialist.
College of William and Mary
Conserving Whimbrel Across the Western Atlantic Flyway (multiple states, Canada)
Expand on efforts to monitor declining whimbrel populations along the western Atlantic Flyway. Project will update the whimbrel conservation plan with whimbrel working group input, develop an index of reproductive performance and engage partners to establish a monitoring network, expand roost surveys during spring migration to improve protection at key sites, continue building an online shorebird roost registry, and make managers aware of roost locations to facilitate their protection.
Forest Landowners Association
Restoring Longleaf Pine on Large-Acreage Private Lands (GA, LA, SC)
Establish 1,500 acres of longleaf pine and improve 4,500 acres of existing longleaf forest with prescribed fire on large-acreage private lands in Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. Project will address barriers to restoring longleaf pine on large-acreage private lands and provide technical and financial assistance to support planting and management, with a particular focus on restoring forest lands impacted by hurricanes Michael and Florence in Georgia and South Carolina.
Georgia Tech Research
Coastal Wetland Restoration and Community Resiliency in West Ashley, City of Charleston (SC)
Deliver at least 90 percent complete engineering design plans for the restoration and conservation of approximately 293 acres of tidal marshes in flood prone areas of the West Ashley Resilience Hub, in Charleston, South Carolina. Project will engage governmental and non-governmental agencies, stakeholder and community members in planning workshops to develop engineering and design plans as well as citizen science initiatives.
Informed Scenario Planning For Community-Wide Resilience Strategy Building on Kiawah Island (SC)
Address barriers to coastal resilience by engaging stakeholders within the community to reach a consensus on the use of nature-based solutions to increase resilience to flooding and natural hazards for both human and wildlife communities. Project will engage stakeholders in scenario planning, and discuss the use of nature-based solutions within the barrier island community.
Coordinating American Oystercatcher Recovery on the Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Provide coordination of the American oystercatcher recovery initiative and actionable change based on lessons learned from 2009-2019 and reduce the impact of predators and human disturbance on populations of breeding shorebirds along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Project will contribute substantially to the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan.
National Audubon Society
Restoration and Management of Shorebird Habitats along the Atlantic Coast (NY, NC, SC)
Manage and protect shorebird habitats to reduce threats, and develop plans and permits needed to restore habitat at key sites that support 25 percent of North Carolina’s nesting American oystercatchers. Project will protect and manage shorebird habitat at 40 sites across three states and will secure permitting to restore shorebird habitat at two sites.
National Wild Turkey Federation
Responsible Recreation – National Wild Turkey Federation (SC)
Further the Responsible Recreation initiative by deploying a social media ad campaign, producing a series of informational videos and implementing a digital radio campaign. Project also will explore a dedicated website for the initiative.
The Longleaf Alliance
Longleaf Pine Restoration and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Recovery (SC)
Restore, enhance and conserve more than 5,000 acres of longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood forest to benefit the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker in South Carolina’s coastal plain. Project will provide landowner outreach and financial assistance for longleaf establishment, prescribed burning, and working forest conservation easements, as well as translocation of red-cockaded woodpeckers to state lands and private properties.
The Longleaf Alliance
South Lowcountry - ACE Basin Longleaf Ecosystem Restoration Partnership — VI (SC)
Establish 850 acres of longleaf pine and enhance an additional 5,000 acres of existing longleaf habitat with prescribed fire and mid-story hardwood removal on public and private lands within the South-Lowcountry and ACE Basin in South Carolina. Project will conserve working forests with conservation easements and restore populations of gopher tortoises by hatching and releasing up to 100 juvenile tortoises on restored habitat.
The Nature Conservancy
Linking Healthy Longleaf Pine Forest Management and Carbon Data for Landowner Benefit (SC)
Utilize data from an innovative longleaf pine carbon monitoring project in coastal South Carolina to better understand carbon uptake from healthy managed longleaf pine forests. Project will conduct a workshop to inform 25 landowners about carbon markets, create an informative brochure for continued use with landowners and partners, and communicate carbon sequestration data findings to professionals across the Southeast.
University of Georgia Research Foundation
Development of a Planted Longleaf Pine Growth and Yield Model for the Southeast (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC)
Create a new growth and yield model system for longleaf pine that will allow more accurate growth projections for landowners considering longleaf pine reforestation who may have timber management objectives. Project will establish, document and measure permanent plots in planted unthinned longleaf pine stands on cut-over sites in the southeast United States, and the data will be used to calibrate a growth and yield model for multiple factors for longleaf pine.
University of South Carolina
Assessing and Protecting a Critical Whimbrel Nocturnal Roost Site at Deveaux Bank (SC)
Improve understanding of Deveaux Bank, South Carolina, the largest known whimbrel nocturnal roost site during northward migration. Project will utilize emerging technologies to gather information on whimbrel migratory and foraging behavior at Deveaux Bank that will help inform future management decisions and conservation efforts.