Forest health is a topic not to be taken lightly and Clemson Extension has scheduled a series of workshops to educate landowners and land managers about how to properly care for their forests.

Forests occupy 13.1 million acres, 67 percent of the land area, in South Carolina.

Forests occupy 13.1 million acres, 67 percent of the land area, in South Carolina.
Image Credit: Derrick Phinney / Clemson University

The workshop series, Woodland Management: Forest Health, begins Oct. 3 at the University Center of Greenville – Main Auditorium, 225. S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, S.C. The series continues Oct. 5 at the Lynches River County Park – Multipurpose Room, 5094 County Park Rd., Coward, S.C., and Oct. 24 at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center Lake House, 900 Clemson Rd., Columbia. Each workshop begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Information provided will be the same at all locations, so participants just need to attend one workshop.

The Clemson Forestry and Wildlife Team coordinated the workshops based on the local needs for woodland owners.

“The Woodland Management program is a series of workshops designed to educate participants on forest management,” said Derrick Phinney, Clemson Extension Natural Resources Team Leader. “This program focuses on overall forest health, forest pest, forest diseases, and introduction into herbicides and invasive plants. Topics to be covered include: forest health, forest pests, tree diseases, herbicide basics and non-native invasive plants. We will even have a hands-on demonstration and calibration of a sprayer. I encourage everyone involved in the forestry industry to attend.”

This workshop qualifies for 4.5 pesticide credits. Registration is $50 and includes breaks and lunch on-site. This program is limited to 40 people so early registration is encouraged. Register online at, or call Paula Varn at 843-563-5773.

For more information, contact Derrick Phinney at, or 843-563-0135.