The 182,115 hectares (450,000 acres) making up the ACE Basin study area support more than 1,500 plant and animal species (not including insects) within six distinct ecosystem habitats. The ecosystems of the ACE Basin are not untouched considering that some level of anthropogenic impact has occurred for the last 6,000 years; however, the ecological integrity of the ACE Basin has been maintained through conscious management and sustainable use of its resources. The management of natural resources involves a number of different aspects including both the resource itself (i.e., a fish species) and the habitat the resource occupies (i.e., providing riparian zones as fish habitat). The following management sections discuss management issues and goals presently in use and needed in the future to maintain the unique nature of the Basin:
Assessment of Management Issues and
All aspects of the cultural, historical, physical, chemical, biological, and sociological environment affect the strategy of resource management in the ACE Basin. Therefore, the reader is referred to sections on History and Cultural Resources, Environmental Conditions, Biological Resources, Traditional and Current Resource Use, and Socio-Economic Assessment of this Characterization for further information on these topics as they relate to the Resource Management component.
M. McKenzie, SCDNR Marine Resources Division