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Natural & Cultural Resource Management
Purpose
As the population expands and development increases in and around Charleston County, CCPRC continues to make efforts to protect and care for the unique natural and cultural resources found throughout its parkland properties. Properly managed land assures the preservation and protection of these resources and promotes healthy natural forests and open space areas, important to maintaining wildlife and vegetative habitats. We strive to continue to locate, protect and preserve our cultural resources so we may continue to learn and interpret the vast history of Charleston County for present and future generations. 
Goal
One of the primary goals of CCPRC, since its inception, along with providing recreational opportunities, has been to acquire land which will protect wetlands, forests, and historically significant sites. Collectively, CCPRC parkland accounts for 1.4% of Charleston County. The Agency owns over 9,526 acres, the majority of which remains undeveloped. Since 2005, approximately 4,401 additional acres have been purchased, representing 46% of the total CCPRC acreage. This significant increase to CCPRC’s holdings, combined with the original parkland properties, has created an extensive inventory of natural and cultural resources worthy of conscientious protection and thoughtful management.
Image of a controlled burn at Caw Caw Interpretive Center 
Commitment
Today, numerous steps are being taken or are already in place to protect some of the parkland’s most valuable resources. These include:
  • conservation easements that have been placed on several properties to limit construction and maximize natural habitats
  • forest management plans that enhance habitat through thinning and controlled burns, thereby creating greater biodiversity
  • habitat restoration that recreates the natural environment and removes man-made barriers
  • ongoing research, inventory, and analysis
  • public education

CCPRC is committed to protecting its natural and cultural resources which collectively represent some of the highest quality examples and the greatest volume of publicly owned natural landscapes and cultural heritage in Charleston County.
 
 

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