South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges
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Resource and Visitor Protection

  Officer assists refuge visitor. Credit: Steve Hillebrand
  Officer assists refuge visitor. Credit: Steve Hillebrand

The mission of our National Wildlife Refuges is to protect and manage habitat and species and other natural and cultural resources. Refuge Law Enforcement plays a vital role in fulfilling this purpose as well as providing a safe environment for people visiting each refuge. These two aspects of Law Enforcement are known as resource protection and visitor protection.

Since the beginning of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1903, refuge officers have ensured that our natural and cultural resources are protected for the benefit of present and future generations of people. Officers work closely with local, state and other federal agencies to protect the resources, enforcing Federal laws such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, Refuge Recreation Act and Refuge Administration Act as well as state wildlife laws and regulations

The presence of our law enforcement officer provides an added measure of safety for people visiting the refuge. Whether it's keeping anglers and hunters informed of fishing and hunting regulations, helping hikers find their way on trails or, giving visitors tips on where to safely view wildlife, our officer is there to ensure that you have a safe, enjoyable visit.


Lowcountry Refuges Law Enforcement Officers


Ryan Wagner Cape Romain NWR 843.708.4575
Jason Craig Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin NWR 843.754.6096
Kevin Kuhn Santee NWR 803.410.3594
Ryan Wagner Waccamaw NWR 843.708.4575

Last updated: July 24, 2014
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