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July 14, 2010

Wildlife Technical Assistance Providers list now available

The Wildlife Technical Assistance Providers List is a list of contractors who are involved in wildlife technical assistance statewide, especially those contractors who provide on-the-ground services. The list currently consists of individuals or businesses in South Carolina and nearby contractors in Georgia and North Carolina.

Some of the services provided by the businesses on the Wildlife Technical Assistance Providers List include: prescribed burning, food plot planting, dove field preparations, timber management and wildlife management.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in no way endorses or guarantees the services of any contractor on the list. It is strongly recommended that the landowner seeking assistance ask for references, and have the contractor explain in detail what services will be included before agreeing to or signing any contract for services. It would also be advisable for the landowner to discuss their situation with several contractors before agreeing to any contract. Listings are by county of business location. Most contractors work multiple counties. Landowners should carefully review the service area information for each contractor.

Compiling the list will be an ongoing process and changes to the Wildlife Technical Assistance Providers List will be made as new contractors are identified. If you are a private consultant or business involved with wildlife habitat related technical assistance to private landowners and wish to be included on the DNR list, contact Willie Simmons at (803) 734-3898.

You can also obtain a copy of the list by contacting your local DNR office.

The list was compiled by DNR with assistance from Clemson Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service and S.C. Forestry Commission. These agencies assimilated the names, addresses, and phone numbers of individuals involved in providing wildlife technical assistance to the public.

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