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April 24, 2008

State Heritage Trust Board meets May 1 at Congaree Bluffs

The South Carolina Heritage Trust Advisory Board will meet 10 a.m. Thursday, May 1 at Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve near St. Matthews.

The Heritage Trust Advisory Board meeting is open to the public except during executive session, and anyone with business for the advisory board or needing directions to the meeting may contact the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office at (803) 734-9095. The DNR Heritage Trust Program protects significant natural and cultural lands in South Carolina.

Find out more about Heritage Trust managed lands.

Campbell Coxe of Darlington is chair of the Heritage Trust Advisory Board. The policy making Heritage Trust Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the public, the Heritage Trust Program and the S.C. Natural Resources Board. Formed by state law in 1976, Heritage Trust has protected 83,959 acres on 73 state heritage preserves found throughout South Carolina.

Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve, in Calhoun and Richland counties, comprises 201 acres and contains steep, undisturbed bluffs bordering the Congaree River. It harbors significant stands of American beech, oak-hickory and bottomland hardwood forest. No comparable sites exist in the coastal plain of South Carolina. There are several other sites nearby on private lands, but these areas, along with the preserve, are unique. Similar systems in and around the Florida Panhandle have been documented to have the greatest number of trees per unit area within the temperate forest of the eastern United States. More than 100 species of trees, shrubs and woody vines exist in the preserve from the ridge base to the crest of the bluffs. Woody plants may number 200 species.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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