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    Congaree

    National Park South Carolina

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April 14, 2014
Prescribed Burn to Take Place at Congaree National Park
Within the next 2 to 3 weeks Congaree plans to complete two controlled burns on approximately 975 acres of park woodlands. The purpose of prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuels and the threat of wildfire to park neighbors, enhance habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and restore fire in the natural system.

April 04, 2014
Go Wild for Congaree!
Join rangers and volunteers at Congaree National Park this month for a variety of programs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and National Park Week. All programs are free.

March 21, 2014
Tourism to Congaree National Park Creates $5,144,000 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 109,685 visitors to Congaree National Park in 2012 spent $5.144 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 66 jobs in the local area.

January 24, 2014
Meet Congaree National Park’s First-Ever Artists-in-Residence at Presentation on February 20
James and Jenny Tarpley are returning to Columbia for a public presentation to share their experience as Congaree’s first-ever Artists-in-Residence at 6:30 pm on February 20 at Columbia College.

December 23, 2013
Congaree Welcomes Artist-in-Residence Mary Gilkerson
Congaree National Park’s winter Artist-in-Residence, Mary Gilkerson, will begin work on a mural in the park’s Harry Hampton Visitor Center in January. Mary Gilkerson is Congaree’s second Artist-in-Residence. A contemporary South Carolina painter, Mary finds inspiration in landscapes. She holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of South Carolina and works as a professor of art at Columbia College.

August 28, 2013
Congaree National Park Seeks Public Input on Proposed Fee Program
Beginning September 3, 2013, Congaree National Park will begin a 30-day public comment period on the proposed addition of expanded amenity fees at the park.

Did You Know?

Oxbow Lake

There are many natural lakes called “Oxbows” within Congaree National Park, which used to be bends in the Congaree River. Some formed thousands of years ago.