Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
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Welcome to the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Located in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge (CSNWR) encompasses nearly 46,000 acres and is one of over 500 refuges within the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge was established in 1939 to restore and maintain the rapidly diminishing longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem. On the refuge, rolling beds of sandy soils, extensive longleaf pine forest, thirty man-made lakes, and numerous small creeks and tributaries serve as habitat to support more than 190 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 41 species of reptiles, 25 species of amphibians, and over 750 plant species. The refuge employs various management techniques, including prescribed burning, to maintain this ecosystem, and also supports the largest population of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker on service-owned lands. To learn more about CSNWR, click on any of the links on this page or explore our brochures located under the Publications tab to the left.

 

Management of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

Photo of longleaf/wiregrass habitat at Carolina Sandhills NWR. Credit: USFWS

Photo of longleaf/wiregrass habitat at Carolina Sandhills NWR. Credit: USFWS

 

 

Photo of pine barrens tree frog at Carolina Sandhills NWR. Credit: USFWS

Photo of pine barrens tree frog at Carolina Sandhills NWR Credit: USFWS

The Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge is one of the southeast's premier sites for viewing the rapidly diminishing longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem. Learn more about this important forest resource and how Refuge personnel are using prescribed burns and other management techniques to grow and maintain these forests.

 

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge turns 75 this year! Come celebrate on March 15th, 2014... Read more here

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What's New

Click on the links below to find out about refuge events and current happenings:

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Saving The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

Photo of red-cockaded woodpecker at Carolina Sandhills NWR. Credit: Ted Borg, USFWS

The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker has been on the endangered species list since 1970. This woodpecker receives special treatment at the Carolina Sandhills NWR. Find out about its unique family structure and much more.

 

Photo of young man with buck at Carolina Sandhills NWR. Credit: USFWS

Hunting and fishing are allowed in many parts of the Carolina Sandhills NWR on certain dates. You can find updated hunting and fishing regulations here for downloading.

 

 

Last updated: June 19, 2014
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