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History Timeline of years 1962 - 1975

Year Information  
1962 The Wildlife Department acquired its first airplane, which was a 180 Cessna.
Cessna 180 Airplane
1963 The Hunter Safety Program was started and still continues today.
Historical Photograph of Boat
1966 The Information and Education Section was created under Eddie Finlay. Information and education was formerly handled under the Administrative Division.
Historical Photograph of Record Fish Caught
1967 The first artificial reef, with state involvement, was established 10 miles off of Kiawah Island.
Photograph of Artificial Reef
1967 The South Carolina Water Resources Planning and Coordination Act of 1967 established the South Carolina Water Resources Committee. The act was amended in 1969 to change the Committee to the South Carolina Water Resources Commission.
Water Commission Logo
1969 Wildlife Resources Commission approved a final report titled "A Plan for Marine Resources Research and Development in South Carolina," which noted the essential need to establish a comprehensive research and development program for marine resources. A directive to proceed with implementation of the plan was issued by the Commission..
Aerial Photograph View of Fort Johnson
1970 In March, James A. Timmerman, Jr. was named the first director of the newly established Marine Resources Division (MRD). Construction started on the Marine Center (at Fort Johnson in Charleston, South Carolina), to provide a facility for marine research and management.
Aerial Photograph View of Fort Johnson
1971 The Game Management Area (GMA) now Wildlife Management Area (WMA) program began with department-owned tracts and leases. Fees were required for a permit.
Photograph of River
1972 The South Carolina Wildlife Resources Department was renamed the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department to emphasize the importance of the Marine Resources Division.  
1974 The Scenic Rivers Act was passed establishing the Scenic Rivers Program. The legislation was amended in 1989. The purpose of this program is to protect "unique or outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, botanical, fish, wildlife, historic or cultural values" of selected rivers or river segments in the state.  



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