Roots in the River, Part 1 | Carolina Stories

Carolina Stories - Roots in the River: The Story of Congaree National Park, Part 1

This segment sets the context for the story, which resulted in the Congaree Swamp's preservation as a National Park. Conservationist John Cely describes the park and the correct terminology for the area, as a floodplain or bottomland hardwood forest, that supports the uncountable species of plants and animals that inhabit the forest, Native Americans cherished these forests. These were the signature forests and rivers of the South, traveled by John James Audubon, and immortalized by William Faulkner. 

Residents of the area reflect on their memories of the Congaree Swamp, providing a prelude to the community interest that developed surrounding its preservation.