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ACE Basin Reserve, South Carolina

State

South Carolina

State Partner

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Acres

99,308

Est. Date

1992

South Carolina’s ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve gets its name from the three rivers that meet at St. Helena Sound—the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto. The Reserve’s 99,308 acres of pine and hardwood upland, oyster reef, forested wetland, barrier islands, cypress swamp, and tidal marsh combine to make this one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast and home to many endangered species. The Reserve partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to restore oyster reefs that can be found alongside tidal marshes, which in turn keep the coastal water clean and protect local communities.

Explore the impact of ACE Basin Reserve’s educational programs in 2019, from virtual lab tours to hands-on experiences where students grow native shoreline plants and collect restoration data.

Did You Know…

The Edisto River, which flows through the ACE Basin Reserve, is one of the longest blackwater rivers in the world.

Latest News from the ACE Basin Reserve

Data Tells Storm Story

Data Tells Storm Story

For a community hit by a hurricane, recovery can be a long, traumatic process that begins with understanding the storm’s impacts, which helps communities to become more resilient in the future.

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Calling the Coast Home

Calling the Coast Home

South Carolina’s ACE Basin and North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserves collaborated on a professional development training for real estate agents to help them educate their clients on living safely and well on the coast.

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Reserves Meet Teachers & Students Online

Reserves Meet Teachers & Students Online

Reserve educators have rallied behind students, teachers, and parents all dealing with the challenges of science learning during COVID-19. From coast to coast, Reserves are providing online programs to engage children with estuaries safely.

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ACE Basin Reserve, South Carolina