About the ABCC

Ancient bald cypress forests with trees from 500- to over 1,600-years old still survive across the southeastern United States and Mexico, in spite of heavy logging and land clearing. These uncut old-growth forests include the Audubon Society sanctuaries at Four Holes Swamp, South Carolina, Corkscrew Swamp, Florida, and the spectacular Nature Conservancy preserve at Black River, North Carolina, which protects the oldest known living trees in eastern North America. But many additional old-growth bald cypress stands survive, most of which remain vulnerable to destruction. These ancient forested wetlands are irregularly distributed across the complex human altered landscape of modern America and have high ecological integrity.

The Ancient Bald Cypress Consortium (ABCC) unites educational institutions, government agencies, conservation organizations, private landowners, and individuals in an effort to accurately map and protect all remaining ancient bald cypress wetlands for research, education, and conservation. For further information please follow the links above to the summary ABCC proposal for the Black River Project, the research article on ancient baldcypress, and view the images from a presentation on ancient bald cypress forests, including tree-ring analysis, climate studies, and photos of some exceptionally old stands still in need of protection.