Migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds all require various types of habitat and differing water depths, which are controlled by the manipulations of the rice trunk. The first trunk used in the Lowcountry likely was a concept brought over from Africa and may have been as simple as a hollow tree trunk with some type of plug in it. Today the “Combahee-style” rice trunk dominates the impoundment landscape where habitat maintenance is both a science and an art form.
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PhotoByJeffDennis: A rice trunk in the Lowcountry outdoors