Clemson Experimental Forest's 17,500 acres are dedicated to education,
research and demonstration in order to better understand and manage
forest resources for the benefit of society. These essential resources
include clean air, clean water, pleasing aesthetic qualities, abundant
wildlife, protection of species and habitat diversity, recreation
opportunities, along with commodity products from the forest. The
forest is managed strictly for perpetual sustained or improved yield of
these products. The Clemson Experimental Forest personnel, equipment,
supplies, roads, recreation facilities and maintenance are solely
supported by revenue generated by the Forest.
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The Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (BICEFS) was formally established on May 21, 1999, but its roots are over 30 years old. Upon her death in 1964, Belle Baruch, daughter of financier Bernard Baruch, established the Belle W. Baruch Foundation. The Foundation called upon the colleges and universities of South Carolina to use her land resource, Hobcaw Barony, and her financial resources to establish research and teaching programs in forestry, wildlife and marine science. Clemson University began a forest science program on Hobcaw shortly thereafter with the formation of the Belle W. Baruch Forest Science Institute. The program grew through the years and research topics increased in their diversity as the need for information about all aspects of the environment became increasingly important.
Today’s demands on the natural resources of the coast require research and education programs that address all aspects of coastal ecology. Air, water, soil, vegetation, and wildlife are inextricably linked with each other and with man’s needs for living space, food, recreation, and products used in our every day lives. BICEFS retains the research program established over the past 35 years by the Forest Science Institute and brings new expertise to address other aspects of the complex coastal environment. At a recent conference titled “Global change and its effects from rivers to the sea,” Clemson University’s Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science highlighted findings of an ongoing study focusing on some of the local effects of climate change. Click here to read more...