Wildlife Protection & Management

Protection Tactics
We are proactively committed to protecting and restoring wildlife populations so that your wildlife encounters are inspiring and remain a special part of Lowcountry living. Wetlands are protected or created, no-mow zones provide nectar sources, buildings are nestled among trees, and areas of special significance are carefully considered when trails are cut.

One approach to managing wildlife is evidenced throughout our Wildlife Products Procurement Guidelines (PDF). Staff also use multiple tactics to protect wildlife in the parks and beyond, while promoting food, nesting areas, and cover for native wildlife:
  • Establishment of protection areas
  • Nest boxes/platforms
  • Non-native invasive species control
  • Prescribed fire
Research is also important to ensure wildlife continues to play a role in your park experience. Bird inventories, plant identification, and other research continually adds to the “baseline” data done for all parks as part of master planning.

It is also important to realize that entering a natural area, such as a park, has some inherent risks. Just as your Charleston County Parks cannot protect patrons from every hazard represented by the park’s non-living features, like uneven terrain or sudden changes in weather, we cannot protect patrons from all risks represented by wild animals and plants. You can help protect yourself, other park visitors, and wildlife by staying on trails and never approaching or feeding a wild animal.

Take the Pledge!
Sign the Stewardship Pledge, and help protect your parks! Signers are asked to follow six easy rules while in the park, and to encourage others to do the same. Once you sign the pledge, your name will be posted to our website, and you’ll have the opportunity to get an official pledge sticker!