logo

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.

State Agencies

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • 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.
  • Tag & release 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2019-11)
    Tag & Release is the newsletter for the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series, an official program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Parks, ...
  • Fiscal Year 2018-2019 accountability report 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2019)
    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 ...
  • Paleozoic-mesozoic tectonic history of the western inner Piedmont based on superimposed structural relationships, South Carolina and nearby North Carolina, Southern Appalachians 

    Garihan, John M.; South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 2018)
    The focus of this report is the description and interpretation of regional structural relationships mapped in the western Inner Piedmont of Northwestern South Carolina and adjacent North Carolina in the Southern Appalachians.
  • Loggerheadlines 2018 

    South Carolina Marine Turtle Conservation Program (South Carolina State Library, 2018)
    This issue of Loggerheadlines features articles on citizen stewardship, tagging, nesting news, regional news, research and other announcements.
  • Final report South Carolina State Wildlife Grant SC-T-F17AF01207 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2019 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-05)
    The main objective of this study was to assess the geographic range, life history, and life cycle phenology of near-coastal crayfish populations as a means to inform the conservation status priorities of these species. ...
  • Annual/final report SC-U2-F15AP01096 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources October 1, 2015 – March 31, 2019 

    Grosse, Andrew; Fowler, James; Burger, Gary; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-05)
    Competitive State Wildlife Grants funds were awarded to six southeastern states within the range of the gopher tortoise. The goal of this project is to continue work begun in 2008 and 2011 to enhance restoration efforts ...
  • Final report to South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for : a resurvey of historical green salamander locations in South Carolina 

    Barrett, Kyle; Newman, Jill; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-05)
    Green Salamanders, Aneides aeneus, are habitat specialists found in narrow crevices of rock outcrops and under flaky bark of trees. Across three counties in South Carolina were conducted visual encounter surveys of rock ...
  • Results of fall covey count surveys on select WMA tracts - 2018 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-03)
    Fall covey count surveys are conducted annually on select Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) as an estimate of fall quail populations. These surveys are intended to serve as a fall population monitoring technique for assessing ...
  • South Carolina rabbit hunter survey 2018-2019 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Small Game Project (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-03)
    The Small Game Project, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, implemented the South Carolina Rabbit Hunter Survey in the 1991-92 season. The survey was designed to provide reliable, quantitative information about ...

View more