80,000 oak trees planted at Camp Hall; wetland restoration project milestone | Agriculture


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“Essentially, we have restored the site to its original state by removing competing vegetation and establishing the original contour of the land,” said William Johnson, Forestry and Undeveloped Land Supervisor at Santee Cooper. “We will continue to plant native hardwood species that were common on the site before it was converted to pinewood decades ago.

The benefits of returning the biological, physical and chemical characteristics of old or degraded wetlands to their original environment are crucial. The wetlands provide important habitat and food sources for animals and, at Camp Hall, which features white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkeys, and several species of birds, among others. The restoration also improves the biological and ecological diversity of the site, ensuring that the region thrives for generations to come.

“The extent and progress of wetland restoration is truly amazing. Our team has done an incredible job bringing a pine logging back to its beginnings as a mixed deciduous forest that serves as the source of Timothy Creek, ”said Dan Camp, Senior Director of Real Estate and Camp Hall at Santee Cooper. “Already, the waders are coming back. In fact, recently we saw an eagle flying overhead causing a number of egrets to disperse.

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“One of the greatest draws of the Lowcountry is our abundant natural beauty,” said Brad Sale, director of Old Santee Canal Park, with a bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology and a master’s degree in education. “As we continue to be a leader in growth, I am pleased to see Camp Hall responsibly redeveloping these wetlands with native species, thereby preserving the beauty of Berkeley County and the natural habitat of the native species. “

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