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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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  • Fish in SC : family fun on the water 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2018)
    This describes fishing in South Carolina. It includes pictures of native fish and a map of rivers and lakes in the state.
  • COWASEE Basin Focus Area Conservation Plan 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Perry, Bob; Riggin, Lorianne; Howard, Scott (South Carolina State Library, 2017-02)
    The goal of this conservation plan is to provide science-based guidance for future decisions to protect natural resource, riparian corridors and traditional landscape uses such as fish and wildlife management, hunting, ...
  • FY 2017 Saltwater Recreational Fishing License Report 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    This paper gives highlights of Marine Resources Division activities, projects, and programs that received support from the Saltwater Recreational Fisheries License Program over this past fiscal year.
  • 2017 South Carolina Black Bear Hunting Rules & Regulations 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    This publication gives information on new legislation on bear hunting. Also addressed are seasons, bag limits and requirements for game zones 1 and 4 as well as regulations on tooth and hair collection.
  • South Carolina hunting & fishing : the official state regulation guide July 1, 2017-August 14, 2018 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    This publication gives information on new legislation, contact information, education classes, and rules and regulations for hunting, boating, fishing, and using Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Climate Variability and Impacts to South Carolina’s Natural Resources : final workshop report 

    South Carolina State Climatology Office (South Carolina State Library, 2012)
    The South Carolina State Climatology Office conducted a series of three workshops across the state of South Carolina titled “The Climate Connection Workshop Series: Climate Variability and Impacts to South Carolina’s Natural ...
  • Climate change impacts on natural resources in South Carolina : preliminary findings of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2009-10-18)
    This powerpoint presentation is the result of a workshop whose objective was to document climate change impacts to natural resources and develop an adaptive response strategy.
  • CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS TO NATURAL RESOURCES IN SOUTH CAROLINA 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2013)
    This report is a first step in the process of identifying and gathering published information on how climate change may affect wildlife, fisheries, water supply and other natural resources in South Carolina. It identifies ...
  • Coastal Zone and Marine Ecoregion Terrestrial and Aquatic Habitats 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This paper gives descriptions and locations of the coastal zone ecoregion in South Carolina as well as descriptions of aquatic and terrestrial habitats located there.
  • Coastal Plain Ecoregion Terrestrial Habitats 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This paper gives a description and location of the coastal plain ecoregion in South Carolina and information about habitats and species located there.
  • Coastal Plain Ecoregion Aquatic Habitats 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This paper gives a description and location of the coastal plain ecosystems in South Carolina as well as their general condition and wide-range challenges. A list of species is included, broken down by the common name, ...
  • South Carolina solar eclipse 

    South Carolina State Climatology Office; Schandera, Louisa; Mizzell, Hope; Polkowsky, Matt (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    On Monday August 21, 2017 a total eclipse crossed transcontinentally for the first time since 1918. This document gives facts about eclipses and highlights its traverse over South Carolina.
  • Tag & Release Volume 22, No. 5, December 2017 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2017-12)
    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, ...
  • Tag & Release Volume 22, No. 4, September 2017 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2017-09)
    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, ...
  • Summary of Wholesale and Bait Dealer Laws 2017-2018 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources publishes a summary of the laws and regulations of commercial fishing in the state. This publication provides the license requirements, definitions, restrictions, ...
  • Summary of Shad Fishing Laws 2017-2018 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources publishes a summary of the laws and regulations of commercial fishing in the state. This publication provides the license requirements, definitions, restrictions, ...
  • Summary of Seine and Gill Net Laws (Saltwater) 2017-2018 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources publishes a summary of the laws and regulations of commercial fishing in the state. This publication provides the license requirements, definitions, restrictions, ...
  • Summary of Public Fishing Pier Laws 2017-2018 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources publishes a summary of the laws and regulations of commercial fishing in the state. This publication provides the license requirements, definitions, restrictions, ...
  • Summary of Laws for Commercial Herring Fishing with Legal References 2017-2018 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources publishes a summary of the laws and regulations of commercial fishing in the state. This publication provides the license requirements, definitions, restrictions, ...
  • Summary of Eel Laws 2017-2018 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources publishes a summary of the laws and regulations of commercial fishing in the state. This publication provides the license requirements, definitions, restrictions, ...

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