Congaree National Park Habitat Restoration

An NPF grant allowed trained wildland fire crews to conduct habitat restoration such as prescribed fire and reduction of pine density in Congaree National Park.

Situated along the meandering Congaree River in central South Carolina, Congaree National Park is home to champion trees, primeval forest landscapes, and diverse plant and animal life. This 22,200-acre park protects the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the United States. Known for its giant hardwoods and towering pines, the parks floodplain forest includes one of the highest canopies in the world and some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States.

Congaree National Park provides a sanctuary for plants and animals, a research site for scientists, and a place for you to walk and relax in a tranquil wilderness setting.

This grant allowed trained and experienced wildland fire crew to conduct habitat restoration efforts including prescribed fire and reduction of loblolly pine density within the imperiled longleaf pine ecosystem- an ecosystem recognized as nationally significant. The park also conducted intensive outreach to national park visitors, virtual visitors, staff and volunteers, partners, and the community surrounding the park and other National Park units in the region regarding fire ecology.