Belfast Wildlife Management Area
Belfast Wildlife Management Area. Map courtesy South Carolina DNR.
We know that for conservation solutions to truly last they need to benefit the surrounding communities. After a two-year effort, we helped create the Belfast Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina. This new wildlife management area not only protects wildlife habitat, it also offers the public access to more outdoor space to enjoy and preserves part of South Carolina’s history.
Located between two sections of Sumter National Forest, Belfast WMA contains a mix of hardwood forest, pine forest and wetlands that provide habitat for a variety of game and non-game species such as white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bob-white quail, Kentucky warbler and American woodcock. The property also includes a historic plantation home that dates back to 1786 and is one of the oldest structures in Laurens County.
This land is now open to the public for hunting and other recreational opportunities. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plans to use the plantation home for group events, educational programs and to promote outdoor activities with youth. “With the acquisition of this property, we will not only expand hunting opportunities but will also utilize Belfast Plantation for educational and recruitment efforts through the creation of shooting ranges and expansion of educational programs. DNR hopes to work with schools and organizations in both counties to enhance opportunities to get youth into the outdoors,” said John Frampton, DNR director.
The successful creation of the Belfast WMA was the result of a group of organizations working together, including The Conservation Fund, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the South Carolina Conservation Bank.