Important Bird Areas

Webb Wildlife Management Area

South Carolina

Webb Wildlife Management Area is state and federally owned and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Named for the late James W. Webb, frmer director of the state's wildlife agency, the 5,866 acres encompass upland pine stands that host endangered species such as red-cockaded woodpeckers, as well as wildlife openings, bottomland hardwood forests and cypress-tupelo swamps. Access is restricted to certain times of the year. Visitors must check in at office or information kiosk. Visitors should call prior to arrival.
The original Webb WMA siste contains 5.866 acres, the former Palachucola site, deeded to DNR by the DOE in 2005, contains 6,757 acres, and Hamilton Ridge, from International Paper, contains 13,281 acres for a total of 25,904 acres (19.483 hectares).
The website is https://www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands/managedland?p_id=108.

Ornithological Summary

Webb Wildlife Management Area is important primarily for its extensive area of longleaf pine habitat managed to maintain approximately 12 Red-cockaded Woodpecker colonies.

Conservation Issues

The Webb Wildlife Management Area is a state owned property protected from development. Its primary feature is hunting which is rigidly controlled with regard to frequency and number of hunters. The only potential threat over time is a gradual increase in ecotourism as a result of increased urbanization in adjacent counties.

Ownership

The Webb Wildlife Management Area is owned by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Habitat

The Webb Wildlife Management Area is dominated by upland pine forest with 2,200 acres in mature longleaf pine and 3,300 in planted loblolly pine. Across the total 12,263 acres there are also 1,500 acres of mixed hardwood and pine forest and 200 acres in man-made ponds. There are 600 acres of cultivated open fields that are planted in small grain for wildlife food stocks. Since Webb WMA borders on the Savannah River, there are some 4,500 acres of bottomland hardwoods including some old growth cypress stands.

Land Use

The Webb Wildlife Management Area is primarily used as a natural area for wildlife management. There is strictly controlled public hunting on the property during season and the ponds are open to the public for fishing. The limited amount of agriculture is centered on growing grain and other crops to enhance the food supply for wildlife. There is some forestry activity associated with maintaining healthy stands of longleaf pine on the property.