Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay scene

Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay

Situated in Bamberg County, South Carolina, the Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay (LMMB) is a 52 acre Preserve consisting of a wonderfully diverse Carolina Bay and associated uplands.  LMMB was acquired by the South Carolina Native Plant Society (SCNPS) in 2003. The most important feature and primary management responsibility on the property is a population of federally endangered Oxypolis canbyi (Canby’s Dropwort) that occurs in the bay.  Maintenance of other high quality wetland vegetation and restoration of the uplands are also goals.  SCNPS developed and implemented a LMMB management plan in 2005.  At the outset a total of 217 Oxypolis canbyi were found.  When last surveyed in 2011 many thousand stems were counted.  Restoration efforts continue.

LMMB Controlled Burn

May 24, 2012 – Controlled Burn

For more information about this property and our restoration plans, please read the articles listed on this page. Then, contact John Brubaker and let him know that you’d like to help with this fantastic project!

“Soils, Hydrology, and Geomorphology of the Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay, Bamberg, South Carolina.” – This is new material published in 2010 by NOVA Science Publishers.

Oxypolis Canbyi Plant Profile – Center for Plant Conservation – detailed plant information about Oxypolis canbyi

Article: Plant Communities of the Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay

Article about Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay – written in September 2005.

Article: Hydrology of Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay – written by Charles J. Everett, PhD in January, 2006.