South Carolina

Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation
Developing a Regional Community Resiliency Implementation Workplan (SC)
Create a regional resiliency implementation workplan that will engage diverse stakeholders and build their capacity to plan and execute future resilience strategies, projects and other activities for the Lower Pee Dee Watershed. Project will identify and prioritize nature-based solutions to mitigate flooding, storm surge, sea-level rise risks, and other threats to local infrastructure, facilities and communities.

Chesterfield County Soil and Water Conservation District
Private Lands Longleaf Conservation in the Sandhills Region of South Carolina
Conduct a private landowner outreach and education campaign, with emphasis on underserved communities, to increase participation in available financial and technical assistance programs to restore longleaf pine within the South Carolina Sandhills. Project will impact 3,325 acres of privately owned longleaf through establishment, management practices, and prescribed fire, benefiting northern bobwhite, Bachman’s sparrow, and southern hognose snake.

College of Charleston
Mitigation of Chondria Tumulosa Spread in Papahānaumokuākea (HI, SC)
Utilize satellite imagery and invertebrates to monitor and understand invasive Chondria’s spread in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Project will create distributional maps, Best Management Practices, and train resource managers to decrease the spread of Chondria.

Forest Landowners Association
Engaging Large-Scale Landowners for Longleaf Pine Restoration (Multiple States)
Establish 2,500 acres of longleaf pine and improve 5,500 acres of existing longleaf forest with prescribed fire on large-acreage private lands. Project will address barriers to restoring longleaf pine on large-acreage private lands by building trust among stakeholders and providing technical and financial assistance to support planting and management of longleaf pine.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Estimating the Northbound Passage Population of Red Knot in the Georgia Bight (GA, SC)
Assess the red knot population along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina through band resighting, trapping and tagging to provide a population estimate and inform the management of Red Knot in the Georgia Bight. Project will fill critical data gaps on Red Knot to help guide habitat management and assess life-cycle threats for red knots and other high priority shorebird species.

Coordinating American Oystercatcher Recovery and Conservation (multiple states)
Coordinate the American Oystercatcher recovery initiative, conduct a range-wide aerial survey to count all wintering oystercatchers along the Southeast Atlantic and Gulf coasts (United States), and reduce the impact of predators and human disturbance on populations of coastal breeding shorebirds. Project will support the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan by creating a framework for long-term protection, restoration, and creation of shorebird habitat at key sites.

Western Atlantic Flyway Whimbrel Conservation Program (Multiple States)
Expand on efforts to coordinate conservation and monitor declining whimbrel populations using the western Atlantic Flyway. Project will increase coordination of whimbrel partners working throughout the flyway, address information gaps on whimbrel ecology and demography, and continue development of a monitoring program built around night roosts.

New Alpha CDC
Developing a Coastal Resilience Plan in Lower Pee Dee River Basin (SC)
Develop a coastal resilience plan for low-income communities within the Lower Pee Dee Basin. Project will provide a prioritized set of strategies and projects where nature-based solutions may be implemented to reduce flooding risk and exposure; host a series of events to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and exchange on coastal resilience.

New Jersey Audubon Society
Surveying American Horseshoe Crab as a Critical Element of Red Knot Conservation (Multiple States)
Implement surveys and recovery metrics used in Delaware Bay to characterize and track the status of horseshoe crab populations in six Atlantic Coast states. Project will inform natural resource agencies, supporting the recovery of horseshoe crab populations outside of Delaware Bay, with a goal of rebuilding a network of shorebird stopovers, and advancing the recovery of rufa red knot and other Arctic-nesting shorebirds.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Coastal Wetland Restoration to Improve Community Resiliency in Charleston (SC)
Restore the tidal marsh adjacent to Old Town Creek at Maryville through community-based channel excavation, salt marsh restoration, and construction of oyster reef living shorelines. Project will improve community coastal resilience and enhance tidal marsh habitat in a degraded estuarine area using nature-based solutions.

The Longleaf Alliance
Longleaf and Bottomland Hardwood Restoration in the South Lowcountry-ACE Basin (SC)
Plant 1,050 acres of longleaf pine and improve management on an additional 2,200 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, provide outreach and technical assistance to private landowners, and restore populations of gopher tortoises releasing up to 100 juvenile tortoises on restored habitat.

The Longleaf Alliance
Sewee Longleaf Ecosystem Restoration and Landowner Outreach (SC)
Restore, manage and conserve more than 4,500 acres of longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood forest in the South Carolina Coastal Plain, north of Charleston. Project will provide public and private landowner outreach and financial assistance for longleaf establishment, prescribed burning, and working forest conservation easements, benefiting northern bobwhite, Carolina gopher frog and Bachman’s sparrow.

The Nature Conservancy
Fostering an Understanding of Climate Smart Longleaf Pine Management (SC)
Expand the knowledge of carbon sequestration in managed longleaf pine forests and bring that information to partners and landowners. Project will collect carbon sequestration measurements in young, mature, and fire maintained longleaf stands to build on existing literature and fill data gaps, plant 200 acres of longleaf, and develop webinars and workshops to inform 300 partners and landowners of findings from project information.

University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Assessing and Protecting a Critical Whimbrel Nocturnal Roost Site at Deveaux Bank (SC)
Improve understanding of the largest known whimbrel nocturnal roost site, Deveaux Bank in South Carolina. Project will utilize research and media to increase public support for the conservation of this site and similar shorebird habitat on the Atlantic coast as a critical step toward stabilizing whimbrel and other shorebird populations.