SC Migratory Waterfowl
Stamp and Print Program
Established in 1981, the South Carolina Migratory Waterfowl Stamp
& Print Program has raised nearly $6 million to benefit the
waterfowl of South Carolina and the Atlantic Flyway, according
to the State Waterfowl Stamp Contest Coordinator and License Administrator
for the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) in Columbia.
Funds generated from the sale of "stamps" are used solely
to fund waterfowl habitat projects within the state of South Carolina,
while income generated from "print" sales support breeding
and nesting habitat projects for Atlantic Flyway migratory waterfowl.
To date, proceeds from the sale of SC duck stamp prints have yielded
over $2 million for conservation habitat projects. When combined
with matching funds from other conservation organizations, the
U. S. government and Canadian partners, proceeds from SC duck
stamp print sales result in having an impact of over nine times
the original amount raised.
Reports released at the February, 2004, SC Migratory Waterfowl
Committee meeting show an amount of over $23.6 million having
been raised for conservation projects resulting from funds provided
by the SC Department of Natural Resources during the 1994 - 2003
time period. These funds have been targeted directly to conservation
project areas directly affecting South Carolina migratory waterfowl.
The South Carolina duck stamp print program has been largely successful
compared to other state stamp and print programs due to the interest
generated by print collectors, as well as the number of sales
to individuals attracted to the stamp print themes. Images of previous
SC waterfowl stamp prints may be viewed
from the "Prints Offered" and "Secondary
Market" pages of this web site, as well as information
on availability of prints for sale.
Winning artists receive no money from the sale of the annual South
Carolina migratory waterfowl stamp and receive a nominal fee from
pritn sales. Most artists enter the competition in hopes of
earning the notoriety and special attention that comes with being
chosen as a South Carolina Migratory Waterfowl Stamp artist.