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Posted June 17, 2014


CONSERVE ANDERSON: Native plants can help create a pollinator-friendly landscape

Thanks to native plants, we often enjoy aesthetic benefits offered in our communities by these grasses, shrubs, trees  and their flowers. Not only do they add charm and character to land, they also provide important habitat to wildlife like pollinators and insects.

Pollinators are responsible for pollinating more than 80 percent of the world’s flowers, globally. Without the hard work of pollinators, our plates would become scrawny and charming landscapes would become an eye soar. That’s why it’s important to keep bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, moths, birds and other critters around so they can continue providing food, beverages, medicine and fiber – all goods essential to our quality of life.

By providing pollinator’s key food sources like plants producing abundant nectar and pollen, we are also keeping ourselves healthy since about 1/3 of all the food we eat depends on their pollination. There are many native wildflowers, shrubs and trees that are great food sources and provide habitat for pollinators, including red bud in the spring, butterfly milkweed in the summer, and yellow showy goldenrods in the fall.

Bees are the most important pollinators responsible for healthy American crops and help produce billions in revenue annually. Bees and other critters visit flowers, seeking nectar for energy and pollen for protein. By chance, they may brush against the flowers’ reproductive parts, dropping pollen collected from other plants, which, through the phenomenon of plant reproduction, produces our favorite fruits and seeds.

Although pollinators are critically important to our nation’s food supply, they are in trouble, but conservation can help. Taking the right steps to create pollinator habitat and healthy forage can help reverse their decline.

This week, help celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 16-20, by:

1.       Using pollinator-friendly plants in your landscape like native shrubs, wildflowers, and trees such as cherry, willow, maple, and

poplar, which provide pollen or nectar early in the spring when food is scarce.

2.       Planting a diverse mixture of flowers for spring, summer and fall. Diverse flower colors, shapes, and scents attract a variety of

fluttering and crawling pollinator friends. If you have limited space, you can plant flowers in containers on a patio, balcony, and even

window boxes. 

3.       Finding non-chemical solutions to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides in your landscape. Incorporate plants that

attract beneficial insects for pest control and, if you do use pesticides, use them sparingly and responsibly.

4.       Accepting some plant damage on plants meant to provide habitat for butterfly and moth larvae.

5.       Providing clean water for pollinators with a shallow dish, bowl, or birdbath with half-submerged stones for perches.

6.       Leaving dead tree trunks, also called “snags,” in your landscape for wood-nesting bees and beetles.

7.       Supporting land conservation in your community by helping to create and maintain community gardens and green spaces to

ensure that pollinators have appropriate habitat.


Farmers and ranchers are also doing their part to help pollinators. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service works with private landowners in South Carolina to create and improve pollinator habitat, offering more than two dozen conservation practices, or activities, that help pollinators.

Fields and forests with wildflowers and other plants are a fortress to pollinators and a great food source. NRCS also provides guidance on ways you can establish and maintain native plants on your land.

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Posted April 21, 2014

Coyote Control

June 3, 2014

SC Department of Natural Resources
311 Natural Resources Drive
Clemson, SC 29631

Coyotes can have a significant impact on wildlife and domestic animals. However, because of the intelligence of the coyote, controlling them can be frustrating. This workshop will provide basic information on coyote biology as well as hands-on demonstrations for coyote trapping. Additionally, participants will learn how to trap for coyotes within the law and SCDNR regulations.

Landowners and natural resource managers that have an overabundance of coyotes on their properties would benefit from this program.

3.0 hours Category 1 CFE
0.5 hours Category 2 CFE

12:30pm Registration
1:00pm Coyote Biology (Jay Butfiloski)
1:45pm Coyote Trapping Techniques and Safety Consideration (TBA)
2:15pm Coyote Trapping Regulations (Jay Butfiloski)
2:30pm Break
2:45pm Coyote Trapping Technique Demonstration (Jay Butfiloski and TBA)
4:45pm Adjourn

SC Department of Natural Resources Office, 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC.

The cost of the program is $60.00. Class size is limited to 35 people so register early! To register, please
click here.

Jay Butfiloski, Furbearer & Alligator Program Coordinator, SC Department of Natural Resources

Questions about the program should be directed to Susan Guynn at or call 864-656-0606.




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Posted July 15, 2013


                                                                                                                                            by John W. Parris


          T. Ed Garrison of Anderson, SC, one of the nation’s premier agricultural and conservation leaders of the twentieth century, died Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 91 years of age.

          Garrison, a graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree in Agricultural Education, began his farming career after returning home from World War II where he had piloted a B-25 plane on 165 missions in the South Pacific.

          After the death of his father, Garrison purchased the shares of the farm owned by other family members and began a successful dairy business. He operated the farm known as Denver Downs, located on highway 76 between Anderson and Clemson, for more than 40 years. Garrison also served the people of Anderson County in the House of Representatives for ten years followed by twenty years of distinguished service as a State Senator.

          Garrison became an Anderson Conservation District official in February 1955. He was the first Anderson Conservation District Board member to attend the National Conservation Districts Recognition Program sponsored by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Garrison was elected president of the South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts in 1961 and selected ‘Conservation Man of the Year’ in South Carolina in 1968.

          Early in Senator Garrison’s career as a scientific farmer, he implemented and maintained a comprehensive conservation plan on his farm developed by technical experts with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service). The Garrison farm was frequently used to demonstrate the latest land and water management technologies such as conservation tillage and drip irrigation.

          As a State Senator, Garrison sponsored legislation to change the name of the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission to the SC Land Resources Commission. He secured additional funding for the agency for staff, conservation district support, the State Soil Survey, Watershed Planning and Urban Flood Control Projects. He authored state legislation to provide for Mined Land Reclamation, Dams and Reservoir Safety, Stormwater Management and Erosion Control, Landscape Architects Registration and Soil Classifiers Registration, all administered by the Land Resources Commission. He also led in the passage of legislation that provided for a state income tax credit for the purchase of conservation tillage and drip irrigation installation equipment as well as the construction of water impoundments.

          Senator Garrison served as the Governor’s representative on the Interstate Mining Compact Commission for a number of years. He received many prestigious awards but chief among them was being named to the National Conservation Hall of Fame by the National Association of Conservation Districts in 2007.

          I consider Senator Garrison to be the most outstanding conservation legislator in the history of South Carolina. His many accomplishments as a conservation leader are indelibly portrayed across the landscape of the Palmetto state. Senator Garrison will always be remembered and appreciated as ‘A Keeper of the Land’!


(John W. Parris of Columbia, SC, a personal friend of Senator Garrison, served as an Agri-Science Instructor in Anderson in the 1960s. He became associate director of the SC Soil and Water Conservation Commission at the encouragement of Senator Garrison and later as executive director of the SC Land Resources Commission until retirement in 1994. He is currently director of the SC Agri-News Service)




Posted October 31, 2012


Soil Health Lessons in a Minute

There are two new video demonstrations featuring NRCS’ Ray “The Soil Guy” Archuleta and Jon Stika (NRCS North Dakota). These videos, titled "Have you discovered the cove?" and "How should healthy soils look?" are part of NRCS’ recently launched Soil Health Awareness and Education effort.

Soil Health Lesson in a Minute: Discover the Cover 



 Soil Health Lesson in a Minute: How Healthy Soil Should Look




Posted June 25, 2012

Feral Hogs and Agricultural Crops


Figure 1. Farmer in a millet field where feral hogs have caused problems. Photo courtesy of Jack Mayer.

Agricultural Crop Depredation

Feral hogs can cause very costly damage to almost any commercial crop. In the United States, this damage equates to millions of dollars in losses annually. Most damage is from feeding, chewing, trampling, or rooting by foraging hogs (Fig. 1). Some studies indicate the majority of damage in agriculture fields is from trampling, with only 5-10% due to actual consumption. Rooting around the base or root mat of trees or shrubs (e.g., apple trees) can undermine root systems and weaken trees.

Feral hogs will travel great distances to reach crops that have ripened or matured. They will feed on most life stages of an agricultural cropfrom seeds through mature plants. Feral hogs are known to root straight down a row of newly-planted corn field and consume the seeds, but most reported damage occurs when the crops are nearly mature. They will also feed on grains stored in wire-mesh silos or bins if hog-proof fencing was not erected.


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Posted April 16, 2012


Posted April 10, 2012

DNR Works in Partnership with PalmettoPride Anti-Littering Campaign



It doesn’t matter what you call it, trash, litter, debris, or junk – it’s dangerous to our safety, our wildlife, and our economy. That's why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proudly works with PalmettoPride anti-littering initiatives around the state.

PalmettoPride is a legislative initiative founded by Sen. David Thomas to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina. DNR appreciates the foresight and vision of Sen. Thomas in creating PalmettoPride in response to citizens’ concerns regarding the amount of litter in South Carolina. PalmettoPride has been on the front lines in the fight against litter for over 10 years.

One of the most effective tools to combat litter is the Litter Buster's Hotline. DNR received over 5000 phone calls in the first year of the program (2006) with many thousands reported since: 2007- 4819; 2008 – 5073; 2009 – 2992; 2010 – 3294; 2011 – 3173 and even 130 calls this January. Call 1-877-7-Litter the next time you see someone unlawfully discarding trash, litter or debris. The Litter Buster's Hotline rings directly into the DNR statewide radio dispatch headquarters in Columbia.

In addition to other initiatives aimed at littering, PalmettoPride also awards a series of grants to law enforcement around South Carolina. DNR Law Enforcement has benefited from these grants (nearly $10,000 for 2012) with night vision cameras and other equipment to assist in making littering cases.

The PalmettoPride non-profit 501(c) 3 organization is a true public/private partnership comprised of state agencies, concerned citizens, corporate sponsors, and community and civic organizations with the stated goal of encouraging “behavioral change” in our citizens about litter. Surveys suggest that over 80% of people who litter do so intentionally. Changing this intentional behavior isn’t going to happen overnight.

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