June 19, 2019, 11:42 pm
Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens, famous for its extensive display of American outdoor sculpture, decided to expand their mission into ecological education and research in the mid 1990’s. They hired Sabine & Waters, Inc. to provide an in-depth natural resource inventory, Geographical Information System mapping, management planning, and an ecological assessment on approximately 7,000 acres of their property in Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina. A complete timber cruise, endangered species survey, cultural resource assessment and ecological classification and assessment was performed. The information was developed into a Geographic Information System from which various map layers depicting wetlands, habitat types, soils, historic areas and formal gardens were created.

Since completing the inventory, Sabine & Waters has implemented a timber management plan that involves timber thinning, tree planting, prescribed burning, habitat restoration and wildlife management. Efforts have been directed at improving and restoring the longleaf pine habitat. Endangered and protected species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, bald eagle and gopher tortoise are all found on site. Sabine & Waters represents Brookgreen Gardens and coordinates activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ecological research organizations and universities researching and exploring management techniques used to restore threatened habitats and biodiversity.