Hasty Point Rice Plantation Becomes Part of Waccamaw NWR

One of the less appreciated legacies of rice culture and the fact that many plantations remained undeveloped and fairly intact, is their role in establishing a wildlife refuge space today and into the future.
Hasty Point Plantation on the Pee Dee River in Georgetown, County, will become part of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge after the US government purchases it. The State Paper in Columbia reported on this as well as The Sun News in Myrtle Beach.
The addition of the 772 acre rice plantation to the NWR, will change public access from boats to automobile and open it to foot traffic. For that reason, this becomes much more than expanding the refuge by a few percent. Managers of the refuge picture Hast Point as the public entrance to Waccamaw NWR a 34,000 acre zone on the Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers of historic places along with landscapes of animal and plant diversity.

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