What is the ACE Basin?
The ACE Basin is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast.
It’s named for the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers, which meander past cypress swamps, historic plantation homes, old rice fields and abundant tidal marshes to meet at South Carolina’s biologically rich St. Helena Sound at the
south end of Edisto Island. While much of the land is privately owned, it
may be explored by water and glimpses can be seen from several roads.
There are at least two major plantations open to the public - Grove
Plantation owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Botany
Plantation on Edisto Island owned by the South Carolina Dept. of
The ACE Basin is one of the finest examples of public/private partnerships
in preserving habitat, protecting water quality, and providing a living
laboratory for the study of wetlands, endangered species,
and wildlife populations.
Images provided by SCDNR & reprinted with permission.
Links to additional information:
Office of Coastal Oceans and Resource Management
The Ace Basin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Ernest F. Hollings National Wildlife Preserve
SC Dept. of Natural Resources
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