Forest Service Employee Recognized Nationally

The Francis Marion National Forest is pleased to announce that one of its employees has been recognized nationally as a young leader who is ‘making a difference in conservation.’

Allison Williams, an information assistant on the Francis Marion National Forest since 2018, was recently named among the top 10 young leaders under 40 in the United States who are making a difference in natural resource conservation and education by the National Parks and Conservation Association. As part of her duties on the National Forest, Allison conducts community outreach and volunteer coordination to connect people of all ages and backgrounds to the land in the greater Charleston, South Carolina, area.

Francis Marion fishing ponds offer family fun and outdoor adventure

Looking for some simple outdoor fun for your family? Did you know that the Forest Service actively manages more than a dozen freshwater fishing ponds on the Francis Marion National Forest near Charleston?

The ponds, which vary in size from a half acre up to 8 acres, are all easily accessible from Forest Service roads for fishing from the bank. The ponds also provide an excellent opportunity for anglers with small boats—including kayaks and canoes—to access pristine freshwaters surrounded by undeveloped forest.

Partnership Restores Red-cockaded Woodpeckers to Sumter National Forest

Partners help restore Red-cockaded Woodpeckers to Sumter National Forest.

Attention Sumter National Forest Visitors

Please be aware of open well hazards.

2017 Winter Newsletter

Friends of Coastal South Carolina Supporting Our National Forest and Wildlife Refuges

Link:  http://www.sccoastalfriends.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2017-Winter-Newsletter.pdf

Andrew Pickens Ranger District Road Work

The Andrew Pickens Ranger District has awarded a three-year contract to address road repairs and maintenance throughout the district’s road system.

Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Recovery

As part of the Safe Harbor Program, 20 endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers (10 male and 10 female) were translocated from the Francis Marion National Forest to thee private plantations in Williamsburg County SC.

Francis Marion National Forest Road Repair and Maintenance

The Francis Marion National Forest has awarded two three-year contracts to address road repairs and maintenance throughout the district’s road system.

Recreation Fee Program Accomplishment Highlights 2016

Recreation fee dollars are an investment in outdoor recreation. Current and future generations benefit as 80-95% of the funds are reinvested in the facilities and services that visitors enjoy, use, and value.

Upper Chattooga Boating Information

The link above will take you to the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River page, where you'll find information on float permits, links to water gauge data and more.

Francis Marion releases Record of Decision for Revised Forest Plan!

On March 31, 2017, we released the signed Record of Decision (ROD) for the Francis Marion's Revised Land Management Plan (Revised Plan) and associated Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The Notice of Approval of the Revised Plan and FEIS has also been published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2017. Please click the heading link above to view the documents.

Protecting the Longleaf Savanna on the Francis Marion

Longleaf standWhat the heck is a longleaf savanna?

Our own USFS Lands Program Manager Peggy Jo Nadler and The Nature Conservancy's SC Director of Conservation Sarah Hartman reveal some great stuff that you may not know about South Carolina's lowcountry forest, the Francis Marion. Please check this out!


Managing Recreation Uses on the Upper Segment of the Chattooga River

Please click the link above for current and background documents regarding recreation uses on the upper segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River.