August 30, 2007 Friends of Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
The Carolina Sandhills Sandhills Refuge News
National Wildlife Refuge
is one of the southeast's
premier sites for viewing
the rapidly diminishing
ecosystem, one of the
ecosystems on Earth.
The History of Carolina Sandhills NWR:
Calendar of Events A Conversation with Denny Holland & Colleen Holland Yates
9/10 Carolina Sandhills Na- Denny and Colleen will
Public Planning Meeting 1943-1950 and 1959-
McBee Scout Hut
tional Wildlife Refuge 1965), including picnic reminisce with old friends
(NWR) near McBee, SC shelters, restrooms, and and new “Friends” on
National Hunting & Fishing 9/22 was established in 1939 ponds. He also oversaw Thursday evening, Septem-
Day, Styx Fish Hatchery 9:00 from lands purchased un- the paving of the wildlife ber 27, 2007 at 7:00 pm at
Columbia, SC (V) AM der the Resettlement Act. the Refuge Headquarters.
Friends Meeting: “An Evening 9/27 This refuge has become a The public is invited to
With the Holland’s” 7:00 flagship refuge for sound The Friends of Carolina share in this unique oppor-
(See Article) Refuge HQ PM wildlife and forest manage- Sandhills NWR invite you tunity. Along with the oral
ment in the longleaf pine to learn more about Refuge history, photographs from
*National Wildlife Refuge 10/7 - ecosystem. This distin- Manager Ernest Holland this era will be on hand.
Week 10/13 guished legacy began un- and the refuge’s early years For more information, con-
der the leadership of Flor- from the perspective of his tact Lyne Askins, Refuge
10/13 ence native Ernest Holland. children Denny Holland of Manager, at (843)335-
Birding & Nature Walk (F)
Meet at Refuge HQ
9:00 During his 26-year career Eufaula, Alabama and Col- 6023.
AM with the U. S. Fish and leen Holland Yates of
12/1 Wildlife Service, the Sumter, SC. Denny and
Working for Wildlife Volun- agency that administers the Colleen grew up on the
teer Day (V) Meet at Refuge HQ National Wildlife Refuge
AM refuge in the 1940s and
System, Holland served 16 attended McBee schools.
12/6 years at Carolina Sandhills. Although they have moved
Board of Directors Meeting He oversaw the construc-
TBA from the area, both have
tion of facilities, tree plant- maintained relationships
1/24 ing, and the restocking of with local citizens and a
Friends Annual Meeting with
7:00 wildlife. Today, those strong affiliation with the
Ricky Ingram (F) Refuge HQ
PM once barren lands are abun- National Wildlife Refuge
dant with mature, vigorous System. In fact, Denny,
2/15 longleaf pine trees and na- after volunteering as a
Night Prowl (F)
TBA tive wildlife species such Photo of Ernest Holland, Refuge
teenager at Santee NWR,
as songbirds, whitetail went on to have a 28-year Manager, circa 1947. This photo-
(V) - Volunteers Needed deer, and wild turkeys. career with the U.S. Fish graph was taken with “homemade
(F) - Friends Event Many of the public facili- and Wildlife Service, serv- equipment”. Mr. Holland took the
ties that are enjoyed by ing as Assistant Manager first black & white and color photo-
(Hunting Calendar on Page 2) refuge visitors were con- and Manager at six refuges graphs of the refuge.
structed during his years at in the states of South Caro-
*For more information, visit the refuge (1939-1942, lina, Arkansas, Alabama,
www.refuges.fws.gov and view and Virginia.
Special Events link for details.
Page 2 Sandhills Refuge News
Boy, It Was Beautiful
By Den Latham
On Saturday, June 2, the “I came in 1974, and we covers of dwarf huckle-
Friends hosted a botanical resumed burning. Back berry ripe with blue ber-
walk. Retired refuge forester
and Friends board member
then we didn’t have big ries.
Dave Robinson led 15 peoplefire crews. No helicop-
on a tour that covered fourters, just two or three We hiked to pocosins
men with drip torches.
distinct areas of the refuge. thick with red bay, sweet
Unfortunately, Den Latham There was a lot of duff, bay, pond pines, and
couldn't attend the event.
so we started slow mov-
Dave was kind enough to rep-
licate the tour for Den anding backfires.” Smoke “follows the fire,” said
Allison a few weeks later. guidelines were less Lyne. “Excellent habitat
Below, Den writes about thestringent then. “We’d for Swainson’s warbler,
experience. start a fire in the after- a species of concern.”
noon, let it burn through
Dave Robinson takes questions Life in the forest has the night. Driving these We rambled down the
about wetlands plants at Carolina been good to Dave. Sandhills, you’d see a slope at Oxpen Lake, the
Sandhills NWR Dressed in boots, jeans, a red horizon—it was like hillside clothed with pur-
khaki shirt and ball cap, the sky was on fire, and ple meadowbeauty,
he looked healthy and boy, it was beautiful.” white fringed orchids
fit. Usually on the quiet and yellow fringeless
10/1- side, this morning he On our tour, Dave led us
10/6 ones, hat pins, blazing
was animated and happy, through forests of long- stars, sundews, and yel-
Youth Hunt 10/13
and we were happy to be leaf pines and along low and sweet pitcher
with him. Having ridges, discoursing on plants.
Primitive Weapons 10/19- worked at the refuge for the Sandhills’ plant di-
Hunt 10/20 32 years, Dave knew its versity—niches of hick- “I wish people would
Primitive Weapons 10/26- landscape as well as any- ory and bluejack, black- come here every month,”
Hunt 10/27 one, probably better. jack, and turkey oaks. said Lyne. “There’s al-
“There was an ice storm Clay-loving southern red ways something new. In
Modern Weapons Hunt
11/3 in 1969,” he recalled. oaks. Winged sumac, April, this slope is a sea
“Probably a third of the sweetleaf, and goat’s of purple Robinia nana.
11/9- trees on the refuge were rue. Catbrier and
Modern Weapons Hunt Gorgeous.”
down. Because of the staggerbush. Inkberry,
Modern Weapons Hunt
11/16- heavy fuel load, there persimmon. Spurge net-
11/17 were no burns for a num- tle, lupine, wiregrass,
ber of years. bluestem, and ground-
Quail Season Opens 11/23
Friends of Carolina
Sandhills National Wildlife
Refuge The Friends of Carolina Sandhills NWR believe that the Carolina
Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge is an extraordinary natural
Dr. William Alexander—President resource and that we can help the surrounding communities
Josh Arrants—Vice President
Cissy Alexander—Treasurer develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Refuge
Allison Latham—Secretary and its mission.
David Robinson—At Large Board Member