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#07-17 January 15, 2007

Public invited to review Little Pee Dee Scenic River Management Plan

The public is invited to review the final draft of the Little Pee Dee Scenic River Management Plan and provide comments.

Comments, suggestions, and questions may be submitted in writing to DNR staff, Bill Marshall, at DNR - Land, Water, and Conservation Division, 1000 Assembly Street, Suite 354, Columbia, SC 29201 or by e-mail to marshallb@dnr.sc.gov. The public may also contact DNR staff by telephone: Bill Marshall in Columbia at (803) 734-9096 and John Alford in Dillon at (843) 774-9577. Public comments will be received until February 16, 2007. All comments received will be provided to the Little Pee Dee Scenic River Advisory Council for their consideration in finalizing the management plan.

The Little Pee Dee River of Dillon County was designated a State Scenic River by the South CarolinaLittle Pee Dee General Assembly in May of 2005. The scenic designation extends 48 river-miles through Dillon County from the Marlboro County line above Parish Mill Bridge, State Road 363, downstream to the Marion County line, where Buck Swamp enters the Little Pee Dee River.

Following procedures of the Scenic Rivers Act, an advisory council for the Little Pee Dee Scenic River was formed in 2005 with members representing river-bordering landowners, river users, and community interests. The purpose of an advisory council is to assist and advise DNR in the protection and management of the scenic river. Creating a management plan for the river is the first major task of an advisory council.

The plan does not impose new regulations and was written to reflect public values, concerns, and desires for the river. It defines problems and opportunities and advocates goals and recommendations.

The plan specifies four management goals and 29 recommendations that address:

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