Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin
National Wildlife Refuge
|8675 Willtown Road
Hollywood, SC 29449
Phone Number: 843-889-3084
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|Refuge Headquarters - Grove Plantation House (Staff Photo)|
Continued . . . After the rice culture declined in the late 1800's, wealthy sportsmen purchased the plantations as hunting retreats. The new owners successfully managed the former rice fields and adjacent upland estates for a wide range of wildlife. The enormous natural values found on the refuge today are still here mainly because past private landowners tended the area so wisely.
Undeveloped and unpolluted, the habitat remains diverse and extremely productive. Much of the historical values of the ACE Basin have also been protected. The refuge office, a former rice plantation house built in 1828, is one of only three antebellum mansions that survived the Civil War in the ACE Basin area. Former owners ensured it would be preserved by placing it on the National Register of Historic Places.
The ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge was established on September 20, 1990, and is part of an overall ACE Basin Project Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan implemented by a coalition consisting of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, The Low Country Open Land Trust, Westvaco and private landowners of the ACE Basin.
The ACE Basin project is one of the most successful State-Federal-Private partnerships and is protecting the valuable natural resources of one of the largest wetland systems on the Atlantic Coast.
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