The Dewees Island Conservancy is a separate 501c3 corporation which focuses on habitat restoration. The mission is to help nature thrive by protecting and restoring the natural environment within our conservation areas. We work in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS,) Ducks Unlimited (DU), Friends of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Dewees Island POA.
The first large scale habitat enhancement project was the Old House Lagoon / impoundment project. This 120 acre managed wetland provides habitat for many wetland-dependent wildlife species, including migratory and wintering birds, crabs, shellfish, and estuarine fish.
The Dewees Island maritime forest supports a freshwater wetlands and a wide diversity of resident and transient wildlife. Our focus there is eradication of harmful invasive species known to de-water wetlands, release toxins into the soil, and crowd out native plants. The Conservancy partners with USFWS and Horry County Technical College.
Our next large-scale habitat management projects is the restoration and re-engineering of Lake Timicau, providing for better circulation of fresh water and habitat for marine invertebrates to make this a productive stopping place for critically endangered migratory and breeding shorebirds. Partners include DU, USFWS, and the Dewees Island POA.
The Dewees Island Conservancy often sponsors summer interns, who work both on Dewees and within Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to help endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Island students can volunteer for our Youth Conservation Ambassador Program, helping us with habitat and exhibits.
To learn more or donate, visit DeweesIslandConservancy.org.