“A” if for the ACE Basin. The ACE basin consists of around 350,000 acres in the watershed of the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers in the South Carolina lowcountry. It encompasses a range of ecosystems from forested uplands to tidal marshes. The basin is home to more than 260 permanent and seasonal bird species and seventeen endangered species including the wood stork and the loggerhead turtle. In 1998 Ducks Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources joined forces to create the ACE Basin Project to preserve the landscape and wildlife habitat. By 2000, the combined efforts of federal and state governments and private conservation groups had resulted in the preservation of 136,000 acres—about one-third of the land in the ACE Basin.