Climate Change in Congaree

Congaree National Park is no stranger to change. Over millions of years, the Congaree River has carved the landscape before us, leaving behind the oxbow lakes and sloughs we know today. The periodic flooding of the river provides soil and nutrients for our champion trees, ideal habitat for wildlife, and unique landscapes for adventuring through the park.

A visitor walks on a flooded boardwalk in Congaree National Park

Courtesy of anoldent, Flickr

Congaree is a South Carolina gem, a legacy rich with natural and cultural history that has been preserved for us and future generations. The floodplain is naturally inundated with water and sediment that keep this ecosystem balanced. Natural, seasonal changes are healthy for our forest, but other changes negatively impact the ecosystem.

Increased average temperatures will have a variety of effects on the Southeast region as a whole. Congaree National Park is already experiencing impacts from increased carbon dioxide and altered timing of annual events. Climate change will continue to impact our natural and cultural resources in a variety of ways. [PDF, 1.37 MB]

Last updated: August 3, 2015