Multiple types of wildlife will benefit from the Crooked Creek Wildlife Refuge.
A ribbon cutting for it was held at the site near the Marlboro County Jetport on Nov. 8 with various people from the county and surrounding areas.
Hanson Aggregates Marlboro Sand and Gravel site in Bennettsville donated 200 acres of reclaimed mining property to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.
The donated property will be used to provide a natural and controlled habitat, called a rookery, to rehabilitate injured waterfowl.
Dr. Carolyn Prince, chairperson of Marlboro County Council, felt the rookery would be a valuable asset to the county in many ways.
One way, she said, is through a natural and controlled environment to give shelter and protection for rescued birds that are out of the hospital but still not ready to fly.
Another way to use the mining process which left steep fingered islands to be used to offer natural barriers for nesting sites and rest stops for migrating birds where the predators can't reach them. Prince noted the rookery will allow opportunities for a variety of educational experiences for all age groups.
"And lastly as a much-traveled corridor to our magnificent beaches, we anticipate economic benefits as travelers, bird watchers and curious people like me make the Carolina Waterfowl Rookery a fun destination," she said.