South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office
Established in 1973, the South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office (SCESFO), located in Charleston, South Carolina, is primarily focused on protection and recovery of threatened and endangered species, while also supporting conservation of migratory birds, fish, and wetlands. The SCESFO also coordinates with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to address priority species outlined in their South Carolina Wildlife Action Plan.
The SCESFO works in partnership with South Carolina’s National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries. Protecting over 192,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat and providing exceptional recreational opportunities for the public, these U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facilities serve as models for effective conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered species and other species of emerging conservation priority.
The field office provides services to private citizens, community groups, local governments, schools, conservation partners, and other federal and state agencies.
- Conduct consultation, habitat conservation planning activities, and candidate conservation activities under the Endangered Species Act;
- Reduce impacts to fish, wildlife, and their habitats in the state from federally funded or authorized projects (e.g., Federal Energy Regulatory Commission activities);
- Restore habitat through the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife and Coastal programs;
- Conserve wetlands through the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act;
- Conduct surveys on at-risk species;
- Identify, reduce, and prevent contamination of fish and wildlife resources through technical assistance, investigations, monitoring, and technical reviews of environmental contaminant issues;
- Protect the ecological integrity of our national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries statewide;
- Conserve migratory birds; and
- Conduct education and outreach activities in support of fish and wildlife conservation.
Hunting and fishing licenses
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not issue licenses for hunting and fishing. Please visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for to learn more about licensing.
The SCESFO covers the entire state of South Carolina: 46 counties, over 31,000 square miles, and 187 miles of general coastline.
The South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office is located in the Albemarle Point Center at 176 Croghan Spur Road in Charleston, Suite 200. Download directions.
Hours of operation
The office is open daily Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except for federal holidays.
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176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200
Charleston, SC 29407