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May 20, 2009

Media Adisory - Economic Impact of SC's Natural Resources

MEDIA ADVISORY - S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

CONTACT: DNR Spokesman Mike Willis - Cell: (803) 667-1233 - WillisM@DNR.SC.Gov

WHAT: Release of the 2009 study, "Underappreciated Assets: The Economic Impact of South Carolina’s Natural Resources" by University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business professor Dr. Doug Woodward.

WHO: University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, South Carolina Natural Resources Society and S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 2009, Greenville at 9:30 a.m., Columbia 12 noon, Charleston 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Reedy Falls Park - Carolina First Amphitheatre, Greenville. Riverfront Park Corner of Alexander Road and Meeting Street on the West Columbia side of the Gervais Street Bridge. Charleston City Marina 17 Lockwood Drive in Charleston.

An extensive study of this scope and magnitude is the first of its kind in South Carolina. This comprehensive report documents the economic impact of activities associated with South Carolina’s natural resources, such as wildlife related outdoor recreation (i.e. hunting, fishing, boating, wildlife watching), resource based tourism, forestry, mining, boat manufacturing and commercial fishing. Research results reveal an astonishing impact on sustained employment and the state’s economy.

Interviews, photos, video: Dr. Doug Woodward, professor and researcher, University of South Carolina Moore School of Business; South Carolina Natural Resources Society Board members; and DNR Director John Frampton.

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