Medway is a working plantation consisting of approximately 6800 acres. Longleaf pine, loblolly pine, mixed hardwoods, several swamps, lakes and ponds, cultivated and natural wildlife openings define the landscape. Nesting Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bald Eagles, Wood Ducks and wintering Ring-necked Ducks qualify Medway for an IBA. Medway Plantation is becoming virtually an "island" as development encroaches toward all boundaries.The owners had the foresight to protect all of Medway under conservation easements. Medway is not open to the public. It is privately owned.

Ornithological Summary

Medway Plantation is home to 15 colonies of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. There is a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. The variety of habitats makes it attractive to a wide variety of species. Medway is located on the Back River to the Cooper River and is an important natural area in an ever increasing developed area.

Conservation Issues

Medway Plantation is protected by several conservation easements. The greatest threat however is urban sprawl moving northward from the Town of Goose Creek. Of particular concern is commercial and residential development which is rapidly eliminating the rural atmosphere of the plantation. Lesser concerns include air quality and natural plant succession on the plantation property.

Ownership

Medway Plantation is a privately owned property controlled by the heirs of Mrs. Sidney Legendre. It is not open to the public.

Habitat

Medway Plantation is dominated by longleaf pine uplands that include pine savannah habitat. There is also a large acreage of mixed pine and hardwoods as well as some cypress swamp. Situated on the edge of the Cooper River (Back River) there is a small amount of salt/brackish marsh as well as relict ricefield habitat. Across the property are a number of ponds as well as some pasture and areas for growing row crops.

Land Use

Medway Plantation is used primarily for nature conservation and silviculture. It is also used for grazing/pastureland, cultivated fields, deer hunting, small game hunting, waterfowl hunting and fishing.

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