Written by Sarah Lloyd
Friday, 13 February 2009 11:26

Wildlife And Industry Together™ (W.A.I.T.™)

WAIT is designed to encourage corporate landowners to integrate wildlife habitat needs into corporate land management decisions.

As South Carolina becomes increasingly developed, there is less land available for wildlife. Corporate landowners can offset habitat loss by devoting their under-utilized lands to wildlife. This is achieved by matching site employees who are interested in wildlife with community partners to develop habitat plans. The WAIT program assists corporations, employees, facility neighbors and other groups who desire to develop environmental projects in partnership with each other.

• Aids corporate landowners in obtaining technical assistance to plan, implement and manage habitat plans.
• Assists landowners in identifying potential community partners, educational opportunities, activities and measures of success for the site.
• Provides a forum for participants to exchange success stories.
• Enhances habitat for native wildlife.

WAIT provides benefits to all involved in the initiative. Corporate participants experience:
• Cost savings through reduced land management costs.
• Enhanced environmental awareness of employees.
• New partnerships with community groups including schools, civic organizations, and conservation groups.
• Positive environmental impact through habitat creation, preservation and stewardship.
• Enhanced reputation among the community as a responsible environmental steward.
• Positive coverage in partner publications through WAIT certification, signage display and related media events.


WAIT Certification:

SCWF staff can visit with you and help you determine projects suited to your site which will qualify for certification.  Here are the main components required for certification, and some examples of each: 

Wildlife Habitat Enhancement:

  • Butterfly Gardens
  • Animal  Nesting Boxes 
  • Meadow Creation
  • Nature Trails
  • Created Wetlands / Ponds
  • Wildlife Food Plots and Shrubs

Employee Education:

  • Guest speakers on nature topics
  • Bulletin board with pictures & info
  • Articles in site newsletter
  • Signage posted near habitat projects


Community Outreach:

  • Participation in Adopt-A-Highway or other conservation programs
  • Partnerships with schools, scouts, or other civic organizations


Support of SCWF Programs:

  • Initial Certification Fee of $2500.
  • Annual Re-certification Fee of $1000.



WAIT Resources for Partners:

More information on Managing Lands for Wildlife.

Download an APPLICATION for the W.A.I.T. program.

Pay for (re)certification of your W.A.I.T. site.


2016 WAIT Certified Sites:

Click on each site to see information from their WAIT application and/or re-certification documents.

If you have any questions about WAIT and how you can get involved, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call our office at (803) 256-0670.







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