Since 1988, the story of the ACE Basin continues to be one of unprecedented land conservation, protecting 294,000 acres of the South Carolina's Coastal Plain. The Ashepoo, Combahee and South Edisto (ACE) River Basins consist of over 1 million acres of diverse habitats including pine and hardwood uplands, forested wetlands, fresh, brackish and salt water tidal marshes, barrier islands and beaches.
Built much the way the rice plantation owners did, rice trunks today are long wooden boxes with flap gates at each end used for flood control and irrigation.
A dike crosses over a rice trunk. Rice trunks like this are used throughout the ACE Basin to manage water flow to and from impoundments.
The tidal creeks, much of them protected, of the ACE Basin serve as natural habitat for eagles, osprey, egrets, herons, sandpipers and many more.
A Great Blue Heron enjoys the peaceful tidal creeks of the ACE Basin.
The ACE Basin includes thousands of acres of public lands and waterways for outdoor recreation. From birdwatching,
fishing, to hunting, you can do it in the ACE Basin.
A canopy of intertwined live oaks provide for nature’s very own covered bridge.
The swampy rivers, streams and ponds of the ACE Basin provide a perfect place for an alligator to enjoy an afternoon basking in the sun.
Aerial images like this one really show the expansive area covered in the ACE Basin. Saltmarshes dominate the coastal plains but soon give way to the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
The mission of the ACE Basin Project is to maintain the natural character of the basin by promoting wise resource management on private lands and protecting strategic tracts by conservation agencies. A major goal of the protection efforts is to ensure that traditional uses such as farming, forestry, recreational and commercial fishing and hunting will continue in the area.