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The Ace Basin - A Lowcountry Legacy

The Ace Basin - A Lowcountry Legacy

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By Pete Laurie

Photography by Phillip Jones

A native of Pennsylvania, Pete Laurie graduated from Lehigh University in 1968 with a BA in natural science. An air force veteran, he worked for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for twenty-seven years as a writer and photographer, retiring in 1999. Laurie has worked in and written about the ACE Basin Project since its inception in 1988. He has served a co-editor of the ACE Basin newsletter, assisted in special publications and written numerous magazine stories.


In 1988, public and private agencies began an unprecedented conservation effort for 350,000 acres of wildlife habitat.

ACE Basin is an undeveloped region where the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers create a natural wonder inhabited by an incredible array of plants and animals. The area is a diverse and unique combination of habitat—pine and hardwood uplands, forested wetlands, brackish and saltwater tidal marshes, barrier islands and beaches. More than 250 species of resident and migratory birds soar over the wetlands at various times. The basin offers shelter as well to endangered and threatened species, such as the woodstork, osprey, loggerhead sea turtle and shortnose sturgeon.

Author and experienced nature writer Pete Laurie dives into the flora and fauna of a unique Palmetto State treasure.

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