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
Non-native invasive species control
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!