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Hardeeville in Jasper County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Managing Water for Wildlife

Moist Soil Management

 
 
Managing Water for Wildlife Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
1. Managing Water for Wildlife Marker
Inscription. Nearly three thousand acres of former rice fields are managed to benefit wildlife on Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge provides 18 impoundments (reservoirs) with nearly 50 miles of earthen dikes and a variety of trunks (floodgates). Similar to the way water was controlled in plantation fields, freshwater from the Little Black River is raised and lowered in these impoundments to produce diverse habitats. The managed wetlands benefit fish, shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl – including nearly 25,000 ducks annually.

Aquatic management keeps wetlands flooded for several years to encourage plants with high food value and cover for wildlife. Aquatic impoundments also provide breeding habitat for birds, amphibians and fish. These animals, in turn are prey for alligators, river otter, ospreys, and bald eagles.

Moist soil management produces shallow water and mudflat habitats. Water is drained during the growing season to promote plants preferred by wintering waterfowl, breeding birds, and other wildlife. Countless invertebrates that thrive within decaying plant litter provide valuable sources of protein for migrating shorebirds and ducks.
 
Erected by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location.
Wilson's Snipe image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
2. Wilson's Snipe
32° 10.125′ N, 81° 6.792′ W. Marker is in Hardeeville, South Carolina, in Jasper County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and Alligator Alley (South Carolina Highway 170). Click for map. Located in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Marker is in this post office area: Hardeeville SC 29927, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rice Field Trunk (here, next to this marker); Prescribed Burning (here, next to this marker); Laurel Hill Plantation (approx. mile away); Using Fire to Benefit Wildlife (approx. mile away); Plantation Cistern (approx. one mile away); Atlantic Coastal Highway Through Georgia (approx. 2.6 miles away in Georgia); Battle Between Confederate Gunboats and Union Field Artillery (approx. 3.2 miles away in Georgia); Indian Trading Post: Home of Mary Musgrove (approx. 3.2 miles away in Georgia). Click for a list of all markers in Hardeeville.
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironment
 
Glossylbrs image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
3. Glossylbrs
Wood Duck image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
4. Wood Duck
Managing Water for Wildlife image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
5. Managing Water for Wildlife
American Alligator image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
6. American Alligator
River Otter image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
7. River Otter
Managing Water for Wildlife image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
8. Managing Water for Wildlife
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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