B. S. in Forest Resources and Conservation – University of Florida
M.S. in Forest Economics- Mississippi State University
Master of Taxation- Mississippi State University
Ph.D. in Forest Finance- University of Georgia
I really like the friendly atmosphere on campus. I've found Clemson to be a great place to live and work.
Most of them are very excited about getting into the profession. Their excitement reminds me why I got into this in the first place. It is great seeing them succeed. They also manage to keep life fun for me. When the students are around, you never know what to expect next! I am lucky enough to teach them in academic course work and also in a leisure skills class related to the club and the profession. The leisure skills class ends with a trip to our regional competition. It has been fantastic to see their enthusiasm at this competition and watch them pull it together for Clemson to keep improving in the standings. We are quite a force to be reckoned with when 29 students dressed in orange are screaming for their teammate!
My research focuses on issues that affect private forest landowners. I'm usually at work on something that is related to taxation as that is my interest. My current research looks at the different opportunities landowners have and the financial implications to the landowner. I dabble in biomass, forest certification and carbon markets.
I have spent a lot of time in the past year working with landowners on income and estate taxation. I have spoken to several of the landowner groups in the state and have taught in and out of state workshops. I'm also in charge of the Master Tree Farmer program. This program educates landowners about forestry. We are currently revising this regional program so that it can be offered in February. I've also spent time doing webinars for continuing education credit for foresters. This is a new delivery method for us and it is continuing to grow. I love the Extension part of my job because it is when I get to use most of what I learned as a student and I occasionally get out in the field again. Landowners ask all kinds of questions about growing trees and it is a great feeling to help them achieve their goals.
Visit her faculty page at http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/forestry/faculty_staff/cushing.html