The regular meeting of the Board of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2009, at the Marine Resources Research Institute, 217 Ft. Johnson Road, Charleston, SC. Notice of the date, time and place of the meeting was posted and mailed to the news media. Chairman Mike McShane presided at the meeting. Board members present included Michael Campbell, Stephen Davis, John Evans, Frank Murray, Norman Pulliam and Caroline Rhodes. Director John Frampton and staff members of the Department of Natural Resources were present at the meeting.
H. ERIC HEIDEN, D. D. S.
69 PINEHURST LANE, UNIT 3-D
PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC 29585
JULY 8th, 2009 DNR BOARD APPEARANCE
I am Capt. Eric Heiden of Pawleys Island with over 55 years of offshore fishing experience. I am here representing the oldest and largest fishing club in S.C., the Florence Bluewater Fishing Club as well as myself. I appreciate this opportunity to address several issues that involve offshore fishing South Carolina. I will make every effort to be brief:
Our Florence Club only wants your efforts to become reality and is willing to do whatever it takes to make all this happen.
Capt. Eric Heiden [Founding Board Member of the Florence Bluewater Fishing Club]
DNR BOARD APPROVED
BUDGET FOR WATERFOWL STAMP FUNDS
Santee Coastal Reserve NAWCA Grant Match: $25,000 (Year 1 of 2)
This amount will be requested again in 2010-11, and is a cash match for a $1M NAWCA grant in partnership with DU for major enhancement activities on public and private lands along the coast. If the grant is approved, the Santee Coastal Reserve could receive up to $500,000 for enhancement work on the 2100 acre Ormand Hall area of the Cape. Plans are to cross-dike the area into 2 units by constructing 2 miles of dike and installing a number of water control structures. Completion of the project will improve the quality of waterfowl habitat on this section and add additional public hunting opportunities. The proposal was ranked number 1 in the Atlantic Flyway by NAWCA
Mottled Duck Telemetry Project (pilot study): $6,000
DNR will partner with private landowners and the Nemours Foundation on a research project investigating the natural history of mottled ducks on the coast of South Carolina. Mottled ducks were introduced into South Carolina over 25 years ago but very little work has been done on the nesting ecology and habitat use of the birds. They are an important bird in the bag along the coast. The pilot project would perfect techniques for attaching transmitters to the birds and determining monitoring frequency. The requested amount would be used to purchase up to 10 transmitters ($250-300 per unit) and to purchase or refurbish a receiver ($2500). Initial plans are to start in the ACE Basin and expand the scope of the study as needed.
Control of Undesirable Vegetation: $20,000
Efforts continue to control, limit and possibly eradicate noxious weeds from areas managed for waterfowl. Phragmites in coastal areas and alligator weed in other areas continue to hamper management. Treatment of phragmites is of primary importance. Considerable progress has been made in phragmites control but annual maintenance will be necessary.
Water Control Structure Materials: $48,000
Funds will be used to purchase materials for construction of wooden water control structures used in the management of waterfowl impoundments on the major coastal areas of Santee Coastal Reserve, Santee Delta, and Bear Island Wildlife Management Areas. A substantial portion of public waterfowl hunting and waterfowl use occurs on these properties.
Piedmont Habitat Management: $20,000
These funds will be used for maintenance and management of the Beaverdam and Clemson Waterfowl Areas in Anderson County, Broad River Waterfowl Area in Fairfield County and three Category II Waterfowl Areas in Laurens and Union counties, and the Russell Creek Waterfowl Area in McCormick County. The funds will be used for supplemental agricultural plantings on all areas. Russell Creek will receive $1,000 for dike maintenance (rip-rap).
Coastal Habitat Management: $40,000
These funds will be used to manage waterfowl habitats (including supplemental agricultural plantings) on Donnelley WMA where Adult-Youth waterfowl hunts are conducted, as well as Bear Island, Santee Delta, Santee Coastal Reserve and Samworth WMAs where significant public waterfowl hunting opportunity and waterfowl use occurs.
Waterfowl Hunter Public Listening Sessions: $8,000
The DNR Waterfowl Advisory Committee desires to conduct a series of public listening sessions around the State to hear comments, concerns and suggestions from interested constituents. To insure good publicity and communication with SC’s waterfowl hunters, the majority of these funds will be used to do a direct mail out notification (25,000 at .31 each) of the public listening sessions to all holders of State Waterfowl Permits (stamps). Some funds may also be needed to rent adequate meeting facilities in some locations, but hopefully sites can be utilized at no charge.
Santee NWR, Southern James Bay Canada Goose Study: $15,000/yr. (Year 3)
The objectives of this study are to determine the wintering range and habitat use of migratory Canada geese in the area surrounding Santee NWR and to determine breeding, migration and wintering sites for this unique subpopulation of geese. Data from this study will allow managers and biologists to make informed decisions regarding harvest regulations for resident and migratory geese and provide guidance to other agencies, local governments, community planners, and developers on needed habitat protection and conservation efforts for migratory geese. Duck Stamp funds will be matched from outside funding sources at a ratio of 1:1.5.
2009-2010 EARLY MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING SEASONS
(Doves, Teal, Rails, Woodcock, Snipe, Common Moorhens, Purple Gallinules and Canada Goose)
|SPECIES||OPEN DATES (All Dates Inclusive)||SHOOTING HOURS||DAILY BAG LIMIT||POSSESSION LIMIT|
|Mourning Dove||Sept. 5--Sept. 7 Sept. 8--Oct. 10 Nov. 21--Nov. 28 Dec. 21--Jan. 15||12 Noon until Sunset 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset||15||30|
|Marsh Hens/Rails (Clapper, King, Sora & Virginia)||Sept. 18--Sept. 23 Oct. 5--Dec. 7||1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset||15 (King & Clapper) 25 (Sora & Va.)||30 (King & Clapper) 25 (Sora & Va.)|
|Early Teal||Sunrise until Sunset||4||8|
|Woodcock||Jan. 2--Jan. 31||1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset||3||6|
|Common Snipe (Wilson's)||Nov. 14--Feb. 28||1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset||8||16|
|Common Moorhens & Purple Gallinules||Sept. 18--Sept. 23 Oct. 5--Dec. 7||1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset||15||30|
|**Canada Goose||Sept.1--Sept. 30||1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset||15||30|
|**This season is statewide!!|