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Affiliate of the Week: South Carolina Wildlife Federation
In honor of our 80th Anniversary celebration throughout 2016, the National Wildlife Federation is recognizing each of our Affiliate Partners in a special “Affiliate of the Week” blog series that showcases the dedicated conservation efforts taking place across the country each day. This week we celebrate our affiliate, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, and their commitment to wildlife.
Who We Are
For the last 85 years, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) has served as the voice for outdoors enthusiasts of every stripe. Representing hunter and birdwatcher, teacher and backpacker, boater and farmer, gardener and angler, SCWF builds partnerships to ensure everyone can enjoy South Carolina’s natural heritage and recreation opportunities for generations to come.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the broad coastal marshes, South Carolina is blessed with an incredible diversity of natural resources that are both beautiful and accessible. Drawing strength from committed donors, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation is active in promoting sound stewardship of our natural treasures. Through educational and public awareness programs along with unique partnerships, the Federation works to establish policies that sustain, protect and enhance the natural systems which give life to us all.
What We Do
The conservation and education programs at SCWF focus on protecting habitat for wildlife across the Palmetto State, from the mountains to the sea:
In addition to participating in the NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program, SCWF has developed the Wildlife And Industry Together (WAIT) program, which recognizes industries managing their land for wildlife.
- Through a cost-share program, SCWF assists private landowners working to convert lands back to their native Longleaf Pine ecosystems. These efforts are re-establishing habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, as well as important habitat for deer, turkey, and quail.
- SCWF works with legislators to protect precious wildlife habitat and ensure that sound scientific data is used to make decisions which affect wildlife.
SCWF provides opportunities for people of all ages to connect with nature and nurture a desire to protect our valuable natural resources.
The Junior Naturalist programs teach children to appreciate nature, understand basic ecological concepts, become aware of their impact on the environment, and take action in their communities.
- SCWF trains volunteers to identify flora and fauna through the SC Master Naturalist Program and the Palmetto Pro Birder program. These volunteers are equipped with the skills needed to participate in citizen science projects and gather critical scientific data.
- The annual Women’s Outdoor Retreat provides an opportunity for more than 200 women from around the Southeast to learn outdoor skills such as kayaking, archery, fishing, and birding in a non-competitive environment.
Making a National Impact
SCWF’s programs protect and enhance valuable habitats that are crucial for migratory species passing through the state to other parts of our nation. Citizen scientists are trained to gather data that helps wildlife managers better understand migration routes and habitat needs along the way.
On matters of national interest, SCWF works with NWF, Audubon Society and other groups to ensure South Carolinians’ voices are heard in the halls of Congress. One of their priority conservation issues is the defense of national parks, national wildlife refuges and national forests from exploitation and neglect. They work with partner affiliates in the West on this matter, and generate support from Eastern states for protection of resources owned by all Americans.
Make sure to join SCWF’s mailing list so you don’t miss out on upcoming events, such as Wild Summer’s Night Auction & Wild Game Feast, Dragonfly Naturalist Training, Pro Birder classes, Women’s Outdoor Retreat, and Habitat Workshops.
Donate to SCWF to help them continue to restore and enhance wildlife habitat across South Carolina. Donations are used to purchase native plant seeds, nesting boxes for wildlife, and educational materials. With donor support, SCWF engages homeowners, businesses, and schools to make a difference for wildlife by replacing valuable habitat in their own communities.