South Lowcountry – ACE Basin (SoLoACE) Longleaf Partnership

South Lowcountry – ACE Basin (SoLoACE) Longleaf Partnership

South Lowcountry – ACE Basin (SoLoACE) Longleaf Partnership Update

By Bobby Franklin, The Longleaf Alliance

Winter was busy in the counties comprising the South Carolina SoLoACE region.  As I write this, planting has just about wrapped up, and smoke fills the air on good burning days.  January 23-25, 2018, marked a successful Longleaf 101 Academy at the UGA Conference Center near Aiken.  Thirty-two attended, including ten landowners.  Special thanks are due to our host, the Savannah River Ecology Lab for their hospitality and use of the conference center.  We will be back in Aiken April 17-19, 2018, for the first edition of the Native Groundcover Restoration Academy.  Our partners are also holding a one-day “Learn to Burn” workshop on May 16th at the Webb Wildlife Center in Hampton County.

As always, we are grateful for the continued support and partnership from: The Longleaf Alliance, Clemson University, Ducks Unlimited, The Hitchcock Woods, International Paper Company, Lowcountry Land Trust, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, Savannah River Ecology Lab, South Carolina Audubon Society, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Forestry Commission, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service/Savannah River Forest Station.

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Image 1:  UGA Extension Forester Dr. Dave Dickens discussing economics and products at Aiken L101 Workshop.  Photo by Bobby Franklin.