Partnerships 512W Hdr Pic Narrow-leaved Yellow Pond Lily-Spatterd

The Friends of Coastal South Carolina(FCSC), formally known as the SEWEE Association, is a non-profit Friends Group formed in 1996 to support the missions of several local South Carolina federal agencies within the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Forest Service. In 2002, FCSC agreed to expand their services to include Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. FCSC is a major partner for Waccamaw NWR as it supports biological projects and internships, provides funding for interpretive exhibits and activities, and delivers innovative, hands-on environmental education programming.

Partnerships 250W Friends of Coastal South Carolina

FCSC has been significant to the creation, expansion and management of the Sewee Earth Stewards program. Based on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Earth Stewards framework, the cross-curriculum conservation education program focuses on freshwater wetlands, salt marsh and barrier island habitats for fifth and seventh-grade students.

In addition, FCSC also runs a gift shop called The Trading Post located in our Visitor Center to help support programs and projects here at Waccamaw NWR.

For more information on the FCSC and their projects at Waccamaw NWR and the other refuges in the South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex, or to become a member please visit our For Educators page on our website or the FCSC website.

Friends of Coastal South Carolina
5821 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, SC 29429
Office: (843) 928-3368 ext. 15
Fax: (843) 928-3828

Partnerships 250W Atlantic Coast Joint Venture

Atlantic Coast Joint Venture:
The Atlantic Coast Joint Venture (ACJV) is responsible for implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), an international action plan to conserve migratory birds throughout the continent. NAWMP’s goal is to return waterfowl populations to their 1970s levels by conserving wetland and upland habitat. NAWMP’s projects are international in scope, but implemented at regional levels through 12 habitat joint ventures. The ACJV includes South Carolina and involves federal, provincial/state and local agencies, and private conservation organizations. The Winyah Bay Focus Area is a project of the ACJV and represents a creative, cooperative initiative to protect a nationally significant South Atlantic coastal wetland ecosystem, which is made up largely by the refuge acquisition boundary. The Refuge plays a significant role in contributing to the protection of habitat and wildlife species across the North American landscape.

Atlantic Coast Joint Venture - Winyah Bay Focus Area

Atlantic Coast Joint Venture - Waccamaw Focus Area

Partnerships 250W American Rivers
In 2013 the U.S. Department of the Interior named the Waccamaw River a National Water Trail. This river, already designated as the Waccamaw River Blue Trail, is managed by American Rivers.

The Waccamaw River Blue Trail extends the South Carolina portion of the Waccamaw River meandering 100 miles through protected bottomland hardwood swamps of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and passing through the historic, riverfront cities of Conway and Georgetown. This trail connects communities along the Waccamaw to their hometown river, encourages stewardship of this important natural, cultural and historical resource, and is a local economic driver. Protection of the Waccamaw and its surrounding lands is of critical importance as the river provides clean drinking water, opportunities for outdoor recreation, and it being a coastal black water river, is home to many rare plants and animal species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

American Rivers - Waccamaw River National Water Trail
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Partnerships 250W Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation:
Generous support from the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation has made the Refuge’s environmental education opportunities to local schools and communities possible. $200,000 of funding went directly to the construction of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Visitor and Environmental Education Center, which is a state-of-the-art facility including a fully equipped teaching wetlab, exhibit hall, auditorium, and nature store.

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation - Environmental Education

Partnerships 250W Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Waccamaw Riverkeeper:
Since 2009, the Waccamaw Riverkeeper has hosted quarterly paddle events, coined "If the River Could Talk" to encourage dialogue about the benefits of the Waccamaw River. The Spring 2012 paddle was a three day paddle from Conway to Pawley's Island that was over 36 miles in length and included two nights of camping along the Waccamaw River. These efforts have contributed to the growth of a local kayak group, the Yakkity Yakers, who regularly take to the Waccamaw River to enjoy its Blue Trail. Future "If the River Could Talk" paddles are planned along with other on-the-water activities to promote the Waccamaw River Blue Trail.

Waccamaw Riverkeeper also hosts annual spring and fall litter sweeps along the Waccamaw including portions of the Refuge.

Waccamaw Riverkeeper - Paddle Events and Litter Sweeps

Avian Conservation Research Institute – Swallow-tailed Kite Research and Modeling

Camfor - Boardwalk construction

City of Conway - Infrastructure and Habitat Management

Coastal Carolina University - Refuge Law Enforcement, Internships and Research

Friends of Coastal South Carolina - Friends Group

Keep Horry County Beautiful - Litter Sweeps

International Mountain Bike Association - Trail Development

International Paper - Interpretive Signage

National Wild Turkey Federation - Wildlife Planting

The Nature Conservancy - Joint Management of Sandy Island and RCW Monitoring

NOAA - Climate Change Modeling

SC Department of Natural Resources - Land Management and Black Bear Modeling

The Sierra Club - Trail/Boardwalk Construction

South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism - Trail Construction

US Geological Survey - Climate Change and Watershed Modeling