Friday, February 6, 2009

Two SCDNR meetings in Lowcountry

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Waterfowl Advisory Committee will meet February 10 at Nemours Plantation in Beaufort County starting at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public, and chairman of the Committee Sam Hiott welcomes your input. These meetings can be quite informative for the interested waterfowler because harvest results from Wildlife Management Area's will be reviewed, and the mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey will be discussed. The Aquatic Plant Management Council will give a report and future waterfowl bag limits will be proposed. If I know the welcome that Nemours Plantation likes to display, then there's always a chance that migratory waterfowl will attend this meeting, in the impoundment right outside the Eugene duPont III Classroom. The photo features Spencer Clark with his yellow Lab Jen after a successful hunt at Dungannon WMA - depicting why duck hunting access to WMA's is vital for youth involvement in the heritage that is waterfowling.
The SC Natural Resources Board, the policy making body of the SCDNR, will meet on Friday February 13 at the Fort Johnson facility beginning at 10 a.m. Board meetings are open to the public and Chairman Mike McShane welcomes those who want to raise awareness about our natural resources. The Saltwater Recreational Fisheries committee will offer a report to the board, along with the Governor's Cup Billfishing Series Committee. Their will be an update on the S.C. drought, and the impact of the economic cutbacks at the Waddell Mariculture Center. The board will take action on a proposed easement at Waccamaw Heritage Preserve in Horry County, followed by a legislative report now that the General Assembly is back in Columbia.

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