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A small woodpecker perched on a pine tree.

Steward of the land

February 14, 2018 Learn more...

In 2017, there were 36 active clusters of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on Cam Lanier’s land in Alabama, thriving there under a Safe Harbor Agreement. Photo courtesy of Cam Lanier.

A man standing in front of a large pine tree trunk

Safe harbor for woodpeckers

January 29, 2018 Learn more...

Tarver, who grew up in Alabama, is a longleaf fan. His property, 200 miles south of Atlanta, is named Longleaf Plantation. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

Three Native American men stand in front of a sign.

Woven from the Landscape

January 23, 2018 Learn more...

Coushatta Tribe members (from left) Bertney Langley, Ernest Sickey and Gardner Rose show a sign that honors the habitat restoration partnership between the tribe and the Service. Photo courtesy of the Coushatta Tribe.

A woodpecker perched on a tree with a bug in its mouth

The woodpecker’s journey

November 20, 2017It was getting dark. A light rain fell. Distant thunder rolled across the steamy, late-summer sky. The hunters were apprehensive. Their prey: endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. Learn more...

A red-cockaded woodpecker has dinner outside its nesting cavity. Photo by USFWS.

An entrance gate with a historical marker.

South Carolina Coastal Program helps protect 11,000 acres in Berkeley County

September 26, 2017 | 3 minute readThe 11,000-acre, privately-owned Oakland Club, located in Berkeley County, South Carolina, is now a permanently protected site for several state species of concern and federally protected species. These species include bobwhite quail, American chaffseed, Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, red-cockaded woodpeckers, swallow-tailed kites, Swainson’s warblers, and Southern hognose snakes. Once home to Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion, the Oakland Club parallels the Santee River and lies between the Francis Marion National Forest and the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more...

Entry road to Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion’s grave and Oakland Club. Photo by Jason Ayers, USFWS.

An open gate surrounded by live oaks covered in Spanish moss.

A gem for hunters and hikers alike

July 12, 2017 | 4 minute readBrunswick, Georgia – Altama Plantation is perhaps the most critical, and intriguing, piece of property along the entire Altamaha River corridor. It was here in the early 1800s that plantation owner James Hamilton Couper introduced the Dutch system of tidal floodgates to grow rice. He planted sugar cane and built a refinery whose red-brick remains still stand. Couper, a noted scientist, also recorded the first eastern indigo snake, a threatened species which bears his name (Drymarchon couperi). Learn more...

Altama Plantation. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

A gentlman with gray hair poses for the camera with a smile and his arms crossed.

Local landowner fights for the Altamaha

July 12, 2017 | 3 minute readJesup, Georgia – “Well now, welcome to the swamp.” Dink NeSmith stands astride a weathered wooden dock on Sandy Lake, a meandering offshoot of the Altamaha River. To some, the oxbow lake is nothing but a muddy, buggy, alligator-friendly bog. To NeSmith, it’s an open-air cathedral in all its natural “majesty.” “God put it here a long time ago,” he preached, “and it’s on loan to my family and me and we want to do our part to make sure it remains a clean, safe environment for our great, great, great, great grandchildren. Learn more...

Mr. Dink NeSmith has a special relationship with the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

Two men standing in front of a beige tank riddled with bullet holes.

The military embraces conservation

July 12, 2017 | 4 minute readTownsend, Georgia – U.S. Marine Corps jets and helicopters rain thousand-pound bombs and 30-caliber bullets on a slice of the Altamaha River corridor. Gopher tortoises, flatwood salamanders and eastern indigo snakes benefit mightily. Say what? Townsend bombing range. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS. Welcome to a looking-glass world where bombs are good, the Pentagon is an environmental agency and the ever-expanding Townsend Bombing Range along the northwestern edge of the corridor protects critical greenways and endangered species. Learn more...

A tank littered with bullet holes at Townsend bombing range. Photo by Nicolve Vidal, USFWS.

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