I Support the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge!
The Waccamaw River is critical to the Carolinas’ economy, environment, and lifestyle, as well as the region’s drinking water. With a changing climate, a growing population, and competing needs for water, protecting the Waccamaw River and its surrounding lands is more important than ever.
In late August, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a proposal to change the boundary of the Refuge. The minor boundary modification will support the Refuge’s mission to promote the health of the river, its surrounding forests and the many benefits they provide for wildlife and communities.
The current boundary will be changed so that 6,638 new acres will be added to the Refuge through the purchase of properties from willing landowners. These additional lands harbor critical habitat that will help local wildlife withstand the effects of climate change, improve public access to the river, enhance recreational opportunities, and support clean drinking water and flood protection. The minor boundary modification will also remove 6,849 acres from the Refuge boundary which no longer provide proper wildlife habitat due to local activities that have permanently changed the landscape.
With a changing climate, growing population, and competing needs for water, protecting the Waccamaw River and its surrounding lands is more important than ever. The minor boundary modification is an opportunity to improve the resilience of local wildlife, provide additional opportunities for recreation for residents and visitors, and safeguard the wellbeing of communities along the Waccamaw River.
Take action today! We only have 30 days to voice our support for the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge minor boundary modification.
Let the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge know you support the minor boundary modification. Protecting the Waccamaw River and its surrounding lands is an investment in our communities and our future.