CLEMSON — Donors to Clemson University now can show their support with a gift of timberland.

The new Clemson Timberlands Legacy Program offers landowners a way to give their valued woodland to generate revenue for Clemson. The university will use the timberland as a living classroom as well as benefit from the revenue generated from timber harvests. The gift of land can create wildlife habitats, recreational opportunities, outdoor classrooms and places to conduct research.

Because the Timberlands Legacy Program is designed primarily to manage timberland and not as property to be sold for gain, programs will be funded as harvests are realized.

Knowlton Johnson of Chesterfield County saw the value of timberlands when he made his gift. His 225-acre property will serve as a learning tool for students of forestry, management, natural resources and wildlife and fisheries.

“Clemson seemed to be the perfect fit for preserving and enhancing this property,” he said.

Donors can choose how the revenue from their land gifts will be used:

  • Scholarships and fellowships to attract the best minds to Clemson, to help bright students who cannot otherwise afford college or to give upperclassmen the support they need to finish their degrees;
  • funds to recruit the nation’s best faculty, to give them time and tools for teaching students or to help them make world-changing research discoveries; and
  • programmatic support to fund initiatives that make the Clemson education exceptional, build a knowledge-based economy and drive innovation.

A gift of timberland will support Clemson’s Will to Lead capital campaign, an effort to raise more than $600 million to support students and faculty.

To find out more about the Timberlands program, go to

According to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, forests covers two-thirds of the total land area and is the state’s most valued crop at $835 million. A great value to the state’s economy, South Carolina’s forestry industry generates $14 billion annually for the state’s economy, employing more than 30,000 individuals with a payroll of more than $1.24 billion. It’s the third-largest employer and third-highest payroll of South Carolina manufacturing industries.