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CAPE ROMAIN RECEIVES HIGH MARKS IN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SURVEY
An overwhelming percentage of visitors to Cape Romain in 2010 and 2011 were highly impressed with the recreational opportunities, information and educational programming, service provided by employees or volunteers and, the refuge's job of conserving fish, wildlife and their habitats. Some 92 percent of respondents gave consistent high marks to all facets of their refuge experiences. The survey, designed, conducted and analyzed by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey, evaluated responses from more than 200 adults who visited the refuge between July 2010 and November 2011. Cape Romain was one of 53 national wildlife refuges surveyed. The survey found that 70 percent of visitors to Cape Romain are from South Carolina. Vistors enjoyed a wide variety of activities with wildlife observation (60%), photography (44%), hiking (41%) and bird watching (40%) receiving the highest participation rates.
There were several enthusiastic comments made by survey participants such as this one: "Cape Romain is in and of itself one of the most pristine and beautiful places on earth. The maze of marshland and abundance of habitat coupled with the remnants of history make it truly unique. Add to that, unparalleled fishing of anywhere else in SC and you have a precious gem that is worth preserving at any cost."
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