Wednesday, June 27, 2007

National Natural Landmark

We know that the Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest is a special place. Unfortunately, not everyone knows that we exist or what it is that we are protecting. With that in mind, we submitted a photo contest entry for National Natural Landmarks, of which we are one.

The Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest protects 1800 acres of virgin, old-growth cypress/tupelo swamp with trees (like the one pictured) over 1000 years old. Habitat of this size does not exist elsewhere in the world. The "youth at grandpa's knee" (cypress knee is the root projection in the foreground) represents the future of the swamp and its protection as a National Natural Landmark! In addition to the 1800 acres of old-growth swamp, we also protect an additional 14,000+ acres of Four Holes Swamp!

Audubon South Carolina's separate photo contest continues through August 12, 2007. Click here for the rules and here for an entry form.

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