Community Wildlife Habitats

The NWF Community Wildlife Habitat program, started in 1997, empowers citizen leaders to take action for wildlife in their own communities. The program provides these leaders with a framework to restore wildlife habitat and educate and engage community members while working to attain NWF’s esteemed certification as a wildlife-friendly community.

Communities of all sizes are encourage to apply. We work with large cities and counties as well as small towns and neighborhoods.

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Interested, but want a consult? Tell us more about your community. A NWF staff member will contact you within 5 business days.

You may wish to download the application questions to prepare for submitting your application online.

Certified Communities in South Carolina:

Briarcliffe Acres, SC
Certified: October, 2006
Population: 500
Located between the towns of Myrtle Beach and N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The Town of Briarcliffe Acres is a small township on the Atlantic coast. Although originally planned as a retirement community, it has instead developed into a diverse community of all ages, races and religions. There are 240 homes on large, wooded lots, four common areas, a beach dunes walkover and a small park on one of the lakes. Briarcliffe Acres is rich in natural beauty. The beach area includes 3,500 feet of undeveloped shoreline and a marsh. Alligators, foxes, raccoons, opossum, deer and many varieties of birds inhabit the woodlands.

Callawassie Island, SC
Certified: February, 2006
Population: 800
Located off the South Carolina coast, just north of Savannah, Georgia
Callawassie Island is part of South Carolina's Low Country. It is a sea island, protected from the Atlantic by the larger barrier island, Hilton Head Island. Callawassie Island is a gated community, surrounded by marshes teeming with shorebirds. Inland lagoons are inhabited by American alligators, bald eagles nest in residents' trees and wood storks can be seen on the golf course. The island's Ecology Committee led the efforts for certification and is responsible for many educational and community-wide efforts on behalf of wildlife.

Fripp Island, SC
Certified: May 2013
Population: 850
Located 60 miles south of Charleston
Fripp Island is a barrier island in South Carolina's Low Country. With its three miles of beachfront and abundant salt marshes and maritime forests, the island provides habitat for American alligators, fish, deer, raccoons and over 80 species of birds, including bald eagles. It was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1974 by the state legislature and was identified as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society in 2010. Fripp Island has a host of conservation programs to protect wildlife as well as a robust agenda of educational programs for both residents and visitors.

Kiawah Island, SC
Certified: September, 2008
Population: 4,000
Located off the South Carolina coast, 22 miles south of Charleston
Kiawah Island is a barrier island in South Carolina's Low Country. It has 10 miles of beachfront, maritime forests and fresh and saltwater wetlands. The population of the island is growing rapidly and the Kiawah Island Community Association is concerned about dwindling wildlife habitat. The Land and Lakes Management Department has already put certain standards in place in order to protect the water quality and the remaining habitat.