GREENVILLE – Back by popular demand, the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service Master Wildlifer course is coming to The University Center  Jan. 16.

Clemson Extension is resurrecting the Master Wildlifer Course.

Clemson Extension is resurrecting the Master Wildlifer Course.
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Cory Heaton, Extension wildlife specialist, said the course is designed to give South Carolina landowners the knowledge and necessary tools needed to enhance habitat for a variety of wildlife species. The course involves seven sessions taking place from 6 – 9 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 16 to Feb. 27.

“It’s been about 10 years since the last course was offered live,” Heaton said. “This class has historical importance with private landowners throughout the southeastern states. Master Wildlifer was a nationally recognized and award winning natural resources outreach program.  Through its wide ranging audience, the program lead to improved natural resources management on thousands of acres of private lands throughout the south.  I want to bring it back because the people are asking for it.”

State data shows South Carolina has 19,374,080 acres of land. Most of this land is privately-owned, Heaton said.  According to 2014 USDA reports, 88 percent of forested lands in South Carolina are in private ownership.

“This course is designed to foster responsible management of these private lands for wildlife and plant communities,” Heaton said.

Master Wildlifer is an advanced course designed for landowners, land managers, and wildlife enthusiasts who are interested in integrating wildlife considerations into their current land use and management activities.

Practicing land managers will find the course invaluable in highlighting alternative management approaches for wildlife in forest and farm settings. Special emphasis is placed on wildlife (game species) that currently offer landowners additional sources of income through recreational access fees. The course will feature speakers, such as include Extension county agents from around the state as well as, university specialists and professionals from various fields of work.

Cost for the course is $125. To register, or for more information, contact Linda Kelly at 803-699-3181 or Online registration is available at: The University Center is located at 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, 29607.