Congaree staff members are working with research, education, and community partners to engage visitors in protecting our watershed. Our ecosystem depends on the Congaree River. We are downstream from Columbia, the capitol of South Carolina, a city that continues to grow and develop. We must work with as many outside organizations as we can to maintain a healthy water quality, protect our forest, and give our ecosystem the best chance of adapting to a changing climate. In addition, all the water used in the park comes from the ground. We must keep our waters clean to keep our staff and visitors healthy.
Natural resource managers are making invasive hog management a top priority. We must reduce the hog population to allow our forest ecosystem to maintain a healthy balance. The park also works with the NPS Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team to control a long list of exotic invasive plants.
Educators and communicators are working to expand knowledge of and access to climate change science. The NPS Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center (OGBFREC) is working to educate and communicate these important issues to the public. OGBFREC's mission is to advance scientific understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of natural and cultural resource dimensions of riverine and forested landscapes across the Southeast United States.
Congaree is dedicated to helping our floodplain forest adapt to a rapidly changing climate. We are working to upgrade building facilities to conserve even more energy; implement a system to track energy and water usage; and to incorporate climate change information and dialogue in our interpretive programs.