Students participate in statewide 4-H forestry clinic
GARNETT, South Carolina – Eight South Carolina 4-H’ers gathered for an extended weekend of forestry fun, knowledge and competition at the South Carolina 4-H Forestry Clinic held Feb. 9-11 at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Webb Wildlife Center.
The annual clinic provides teens with hands-on forestry learning experiences from Clemson University Extension Forestry and Natural Resource professionals.
“During the clinic the kids learn skills and knowledge that they can apply to a wide variety of careers in forestry and natural resources,” said Jaime Pohlman, an agent with the Clemson Extension Service in McCormick County. “They’re learning everything from basic science, like tree biology and identification, to applied math, such as how to measure the diameter and height of a tree to determine how much volume of wood can be sold from it.”
The youth participants also learned how to identify common forest insects and diseases, how to read a topographic map and how to use a compass and track their pace to determine direction and distance between various points.
“These are skills that they’ll carry with them far beyond high school,” Pohlman said. “They’re fundamentals for a number of careers in the South Carolina forest industry, which generates more than $20 billion in economic activity annually.”
The 2018 state 4-H Forestry Team was chosen during the forestry clinic. The team – Samuel Barstow of Batesburg, Gabe Bobo of Fort Mill, William Roberts of St. George and Nicholas Stalford of Tega Cay – will represent South Carolina in the National 4-H Forestry Invitational at Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp in Weston, West Virginia, later this summer.
“We owe a special debt of gratitude to the sponsors who make this program possible for these young people,” Pohlman said. “We send a special thank-you to the Saluda County Forestry Association, AgSouth-Aiken Office, ArborGen, Thompson Forest Consultants, Piedmont Pulp; and the Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry and McCormick county forestry associations.”
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service
The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service helps improve the quality of life of all South Carolinians by providing unbiased, research-based information through an array of public outreach programs in youth development; agriculture and agribusiness; food, nutrition and health; and natural resources. It offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.