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May 1, 2015DNR continues access improvements at Woodbury WMA

In late 2013, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began making improvements to public access at Woodbury Wildlife Management Area in Brittons Neck, South Carolina. Since then, five new parking areas have been constructed along Woodbury Road. An additional sign-in box was placed at the first parking area to accommodate visitors using the uppermost portion of the property. Also, road maintenance continues along Potato Bed Road as weather permits.

Woodbury Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is an expansive property consisting of 25,668 acres of bottomland hardwood forests, upland pine forests, and Carolina bays. It is situated between the Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers in southern Marion County. The property, formerly owned by International Paper Company, was acquired in 2006 by DNR with assistance from other partners including the Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy. An extensive system of roads and four boat landings make access readily available to visitors. However due to frequent flooding across the property, some roads may be in poor condition and require 4-wheel drive for access.

Woodbury WMA offers numerous opportunities for outdoor adventurers. Designated as an “Important Bird Area” by The Audubon Society, the property is home to numerous species of resident and migratory birds. Other wildlife species, including American black bears, southern fox squirrels, and American alligators, also are found on the property. Annually-planted food plots scattered across the property, abundant big and small game species, and ample fishing opportunity make Woodbury WMA a sportsman’s paradise. Additionally for those interested in American history, General Francis Marion, “The Swamp Fox,” is believed to have used Snow’s Island, which is located just west of Woodbury WMA, as his headquarters while hiding from the British during the American Revolutionary War. Evidence of a redoubt and campsites has been discovered by archeologists at Dunham’s Bluff.

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