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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  • Careers in marine science 

    South Carolina Marine Resources Division (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-16)
    Does marine science sound like an exciting career, but you’re not exactly sure what jobs are out there or how to get started? You’ve come to the right place. In South Carolina, there are many organizations, state and federal ...
  • Hurricane Sally - open file report 

    South Carolina State Climatology Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-16)
    This report serves as a preliminary dissemination of information on the impacts of tropical storm Sally on the state of South Carolina.
  • 2019-2020 category 1 waterfowl hunter survey report 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04)
    The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR) Public Lottery Hunts program provides quality hunting opportunities to the general public on public lands that are intensively managed for wildlife. In order to ...
  • South Carolina white-nose syndrome response plan 

    Kindel, Jennifer; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-30)
    White-nose Syndrome is a disease characterized by the white fungus species Pseudogymnoascus destructans which forms on the noses and wing membranes of affected hibernating bats. The objective of this plan is to coordinate ...
  • South Carolina bat conservation plan 

    Kindel, Jennifer R.; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09)
    This South Carolina bat conservation plan provides information on legal status, public health, conservation issues, natural history, habitat requirements, species-specific accounts, threats and conservation strategies for ...
  • Hurricane Isaias - open file report 

    South Carolina State Climatology Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-20)
    This report serves as a preliminary dissemination of information on the impacts of Hurricane Isais on the state of South Carolina.
  • Jocassee journal 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06)
    This periodical presents information and news about the Jocassee Gorges.
  • Technical guidance for the development of wildlife & pollinator habitat at solar farms : South Carolina Solar Habitat Act -- June 2020 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Clemson University. Cooperative Extension Service; Audubon South Carolina (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06-16)
    Under the authority of the Solar Habitat Act, SCDNR has worked with other state agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, utilities and solar developers to establish this native habitat and pollinator management ...
  • Beginner's guide to saltwater fishing 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-11)
    Discussed here are several styles of saltwater fishing, types of rods, reels, knots, baits, lures, saltwater fish and marine habitats. You’ll find tips to improve your skills and prepare you for a fun, exciting and successful ...
  • Guide to South Carolina saltwater fishes 

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06-29)
    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 ...
  • 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 ...

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