Managing an Urban Preserve
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Coastal land tracts are being converted to development at an alarming rate in the United States. A prime example of this fact is the greater Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina where a single private land tract has remained undeveloped. This property was examined to comprehend how it has coped with the surrounding development and to provide support for retaining the stewardship attitude of the current landowner. The forest resources on the property were measured to uncover current weaknesses in the natural ecosystem. Weaknesses identified included deer overpopulation, compromised soil and water, and high fire risk. The information collected in the field provided a foundation for management recommendations that could resolve environmental and social problems. The property was split into seven management areas to best fit the diverse ecosystem types. Recommendations were provided for each individual area as well as for the whole property. These recommendations aimed to protect the property from encroaching development, mitigate environmental damages, advise on expansion and examine income-generating opportunities. Options were designed to fit all stated needs and assist in the overall preservation of this valuable ecological resource.
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