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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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  • 2019 South Carolina deer harvest report 

    South Carolina Deer Research and Management Project; Ruth, Charles; Cantrell, Jay (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-26)
    The 2019 Deer Hunter survey represents the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Section’s ongoing commitment to conduct pertinent research related to the state’s white-tailed deer resource. The primary ...
  • SC hurricanes comprehensive summary 

    South Carolina State Climatology Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03)
    This report gives a history and statistics of hurricanes that have impacted South Carolina.
  • Procedural management plan aquatic plant management 

    South Carolina. Aquatic Nuisance Species Program; South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Council (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-10)
    This plan discusses the management of nuisance aquatic vegetation in public waters. It identifies aquatic weed problem areas, describes management objectives, prescribes management strategies, and determines funding needs ...
  • FY 2020-2021 annual South Carolina aquatic plant management plan 

    South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Council; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2020-05-13)
    The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Aquatic Plant Management Council is responsible for the management of nuisance aquatic vegetation in public waters. Each year an Aquatic Plant ...
  • South Carolina private lands alligator program guide 

    Butfiloski, Jay; South Carolina Wildlife Management Section (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-06)
    This booklet was developed to provide basic information regarding the private lands alligator harvest season and what hunters will need in order to familiarize themselves with taking alligators. It includes common hunting ...
  • South Carolina alligator hunting guide for 2020 

    Butfiloski, Jay; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife Management Section (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-08)
    This booklet was developed to provide basic information regarding the alligator hunting season and what hunters will need in order to familiarize themselves with taking alligators. It includes common hunting techniques, ...
  • Northern Long-eared Bat Project at Santee Coastal Reserve and Wildlife Management Area and the Nature Conservancy Washo Reserve 2018 – 2019 general report 

    Kindel, Jennifer; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2019-12-18)
    The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources continues to seek location and roost information for the federally threatened Northern long-eared bat on the South Carolina coastal plain. The Northern long-eared bat is ...
  • 30 years of research in the ACE Basin by the Estuarine Finfish Section of SCDNR 

    Renkas, Brock; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-05)
    This PowerPoint presentation gives an overview of research in the ACE Basin conducted by the Estuarine Finfish Section of DNR since 1990.
  • Loggerheadlines 2019 

    South Carolina Marine Turtle Conservation Program (South Carolina State Library, 2019)
    This issue of Loggerheadlines features articles on citizen stewardship, tagging, nesting news, regional news, research and other announcements.
  • Striped bass distribution and habitat use in J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir, South Carolina - Georgia : study completion report 

    Bettinger, Jason M., 1972-; South Carolina Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (South Carolina State Library, 2015-12-31)
    This report presents the results of a five year study that monitored the movements of Striped Bass during 2010 - 2014 and Hybrid Striped Bass during 2013 and 2014 in Thurmond Reservoir. The report is separated into four ...
  • Special salvinia alert! : have you seen this plant in South Carolina? 

    South Carolina Aquatic Nuisance Species Program (South Carolina State Library, 2007)
    Giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta), which is prohibited in South Carolina and the United States by State and Federal law, has invaded water bodies in parts of North Carolina and Georgia close to the South Carolina border. ...
  • SC Envirothon 2020 coaches’ manual 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2020)
    This is a handbook for the 2020 South Carolina Envirothon. The overall goal of the Envirothon is to promote environmental education so that succeeding generations will be more environmentally literate, and possess the ...
  • Invasive aquatic plant management in South Carolina 

    South Carolina Aquatic Nuisance Species Program (South Carolina State Library, 2007)
    Preventing the occurrence and spread of aquatic weed infestations in public waters can save millions of public and private dollars each year in avoided control costs.
  • FY 2011-12 annual accountability report 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2012-09-15)
    Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources reports to the Office of State Budget that includes the agency's mission, goals and objectives to accomplish the mission, and performance measures regarding the ...
  • Catch & release : fishing for the future 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2012-12-28)
    This brochure gives tips for catching and releasing fish so that they can be caught again.
  • Anacharis - warning! : what is it? how do I identify it? 

    South Carolina Aquatic Nuisance Species Program (South Carolina State Library, 2007-01-25)
    This brochure discusses Anacharis and provides a South Carolina noxious weed list.
  • South Carolina's guide to saltwater fishes 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2014)
    This identification guide provides a quick reference for marine fish that are most often encountered by South Carolina sport fishermen. To facilitate identification, species are grouped by family so that similar-looking ...
  • Loggerheadlines 2016 

    South Carolina Marine Turtle Conservation Program (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    This issue of Loggerheadlines features articles on long-term nesting trends, strandings and rehabilitation, South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center, tagging and recapture, regional and network update.
  • Best practices guide for community service for cities, counties and agencies to utilize the judicial system for litter removal 

    South Carolina Litter Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2019-11-15)
    This guide is to assist local, county and state agencies in utilizing the available resources for locating community service workers. The forms are not complete and are merely a draft for your organization to tailor a ...
  • Broad River S068 : shellfish season 2019-2020 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Shellfish Management Section (South Carolina State Library, 2019-12)
    The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources provides maps to recreational and state shellfish grounds, available to the public for recreational harvesting or to commercial harvest.

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