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The history of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources began in 1905 with the passage of Act 489, which provided for the appointment of game wardens by the governor, and in 1906 Act 60 created the State Board of Fisheries. The current organization of the Department of Natural Resources is composed of the former Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Water Resources Commission (non-regulatory programs), Land Resources Commission (non-regulatory programs), State Geological Survey (State Geologist), and the South Carolina Migratory Waterfowl Committee. The Department's mission is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina's natural resources.

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  • Boating Guide to the Little Pee Dee Scenic River Water Trail in Dillon County 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2009)
    All information provided in this guide is designed to assist the public with accessing and traveling the Little Pee Dee River by boat to promote the appreciation, conservation and protection of the river’s resources. This ...
  • Boating 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2011)
    This sheet gives the rules and regulations for handling boats in South Carolina including equipment, marine events, titling and registration fees, boating education, restrictions and vessel sewage regulations.
  • Blue Ridge Ecoregion Terrestrial Habitats 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This document describes the Blue Ridge econregion and the species located within the region.
  • Blue Ridge Ecoregion Aquatic Habitats 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This document describes the Blue Ridge ecoregion in South Carolina and lists the aquatic species located in the region. The streams within the ecoregion are also discussed.
  • Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto (ACE) Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan 2011-2016 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    This Management Plan is required by Federal regulation, 15 C.F.R. Part 921.13. The plan describes the Reserve goals and objectives, management issues, and strategies or actions for meeting the goals and objectives. This ...
  • UPDATING THE SOUTH CAROLINA WATER PLAN 

    Gellici, Joe; South Carolina Land, Water and Conservation Division (South Carolina State Library, 2011-05)
    This Powerpoint presentation summarizes the water plans of 1998, 2004 and 2009 and describes what Georgia and North Carolina are doing about water planning.
  • Status of the South Carolina water plan 

    Gellici, Joe; South Carolina Land, Water and Conservation Division (South Carolina State Library, 2011-08)
    This Powerpoint presentation offers guidelines for the effective management of the State’s water resources in order to sustain the availability of water for present and future use.
  • Regional Water Planning in South Carolina : Developing a framework for water planning on a basinwide scale 

    Gellici, Joe; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2012-03)
    The objective of this Powerpoint presentation is to develop a water-resources management plan to ensure that an adequate and reliable supply of water will be available to sustain all future uses.
  • Regional Water Planning in South Carolina : Developing a framework for water planning on a basinwide scale 

    South Carolina Land, Water and Conservation Division (South Carolina State Library, 2012-03)
    This Powerpoint presentation discusses the planning process for water availability in South Carolina focusing on regional planning.
  • Developing a Framework for Regional Water-Supply Planning in South Carolina 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2012)
    This Powerpoint presentation highlights the 1998 and 2004 South Carolina water plans and describes recommendations for current planning.

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