The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) has named Jay Keck as their new Habitat Education Manager. In this role, he will plan, coordinate, implement and oversee education programs designed to encourage the creation or enhancement of wildlife habitat in backyards, parks, schoolyards, and business property.
SCWF) has re-certified 30 Wildlife And Industry Together (W.A.I.T.) sites for 2017. The W.A.I.T. program recognizes industries in South Carolina who are dedicated to protecting the environment and who keep wildlife needs in mind when making their land management decisions. Requirements for certification include wildlife habitat enhancement projects, environmental education for employees, and community outreach.
The W.A.I.T. certification recognizes several habitat protection & enhancement projects of Martin Marietta, including reclaiming land associated with a former slot mining operation across the street from the active quarry, and maintenance of quail and dove food plots. Future plans include installation of bat houses, duck and bird boxes, and conversion of a portion of the loblolly pine to a long-leaf pine ecosystem. An abundance of roads and numerous walking trails allow the site to be used for wildlife enhancement and educational opportunities for local schools, civic and church organizations.