A retention of old maritime forest and 19th century rice fields which are flooded and maintained by tertiary treated waste water. There are wetlands in the forest areas which include pine flat woods and an ancient dune swale complex. The preserve includes four lakes, the largest is Lake Mary which houses a large wading bird rookery. There is also a wild flower field. The preserve is surrounded by marshlands, the Atlantic shoreline and tidal creeks.
The website is: http://www.csaadmin.com/forest_preserve.htm

Ornithological Summary

The wading bird rookery in the Forest Preserve is a major rookery in the lower part of the state. This site is also an important neo-tropical migrant stop.

Conservation Issues

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a dedicated natural area which is open to Sea Pines residents as an ammenity. The greatest overall threat is the gradually addition of more development in the Sea Pines Plantation. This will not directly impact the Preserve, but will cumulatively eliminate habitat and force more wildlife to use the protected Preserve property.


The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is owned partially by Sea Pines Associates (the developer) and Community Service Associates. Each holds 50% interest. The property is managed through a board and CSA actively manages the Preserve.


Sea Pines Forest Preserve contains relict ricefields from the 19th century as well as some open water ponds created since 1959. The majority of the site is dominated by mixed pine and hardwood forest, but there are also some emergent wetlands and pine savannah areas.

Land Use

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve has been set aside as a wildlife conservation area. There are limited opportunities for small scale ecotourism activities conducted on the site. These consist of guided tours of the preserve and some interpretive signage.

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