Meet the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Team

FNR Extension Agent Ryan BeanRyan Bean

Area Extension Agent, Forestry and Natural Resources 

Kershaw County Extension Office 
632 W. Dekalb Street
Camden, SC  29020
(803) 432-9071 ext. 115

Mr. Bean is the Forestry and Natural Resources Area Extension Agent for the Midlands Region.  He is responsible for providing programming related to both forestry and natural resources primarily in Kershaw and Fairfield Counties but also works in Chesterfield, Lee and Sumter Counties  His area of expertise is general forest management.

Tom Brant

Tom Brant

Program Leader & Area Extension Agent, Forest & Natural Resources
Regional Lead Agent

McCormick County Extension Office
610 South Mine Street
McCormick, South Carolina  29835
(864) 852-2112 ext. 115

Mr. Brant is a Forestry and Natural Resources Area Extension Agent covering Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick Counties. He is also the Regional Lead Agent for those counties. His area of expertise is Forest Management.

Corey Craig

Corey Craig, Extension Agent

Area Extension Agent, Forestry and Natural Resources

9 Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 700
Kingstree, SC  29556
(843) 355-6106


Beeson Building, Airport Court
206 Airport Court, Suite C
Mullins, SC  29574
(843) 423-8285

Mr. Craig's responsibilities include forestry and natural resource educational programming for Williamsburg County and the surrounding Pee Dee area.  His expertise includes forest and wildlife management, vegetation management, timber production, arboriculture and agronomy.

Jeff Fellers

Jeff FellersForestry/Natural Resources Extension Agent

Union County Extension Office
120 Kirby Street
Union, South Carolina  29379
(864) 427-6259 ext. 115

Mr. Fellers' responsibilities include forestry and natural resources programming primarily in Union County. His areas of expertise are forestry and GIS.

Corey Heaton

W. Corey Heaton

Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent

Chester County Extension Office
109 Ella Street
Chester, South Carolina  29706
(803) 385-6181 ext. 112

Mr. Heaton's responsibilities include Agronomy and Natural Resources programming. His areas of expertise are Wildlife Management, Fisheries Management and Pond Management. He covers Chester, York and Lancaster Counties, and also covers pond management for Upstate South Carolina.

Derrick Phinney

Forestry and Natural Resources AgentImage of Derrick Phinney

Dorchester County Clemson Extension Office
201 Johnston Street
St. George, SC  29477

Mr. Phinney is a Forestry and Natural Resources Area Extension Agent providing programming for the Lowcountry Region.  His experiences include working with private landowners and industry in forest management, timber sales, reforestation, prescribed burning, forestry cost share programs, GPS, GIS mapping, and threatened and endangered species assessments.  He also has a vast background in freshwater wetlands and critical area determination and verification, restoration of freshwater wetlands and critical areas, environmental permitting and storm water monitoring.  He covers Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Colleton, Bamberg, Barnwell, Allendale, Hampton, Jasper and Beaufort Counties. 

Jaime KellerJaime Keller Pohlman

4-H Extension Agent

McCormick County Extension Office
610 South Mine Street
McCormick, South Carolina  29835
(864) 852-2112 ext. 113

Ms. Pohlman's responsibility is 4-H natural resource education. Her area of expertise is working with youth and developing natural resource related programs for youth. Her area of responsibility is McCormick County.

Stephen PohlmanStephen Pohlman

Forestry and Natural Resource Agent

Edgefield County Extension Office
304 Gray Street
Edgefield, South Carolina  29824
(803) 637-3161 ext. 117

Mr. Pohlman's responsibilities include forestry and natural resource programming, solving FNR landowner related questions, supporting local Forestry Associations, and local 4-H Shooting Sports and Youth Outdoor Camp. His areas of expertise are production forestry, wildlife management, wildlife food plots, shooting sports, and hunting/fishing.  He covers Edgefield and Saluda Counties.

Ben Powell

Ben Powell

Area Natural Resource Agent

Horry County Extension Office
1949 Industrial Park Road
Conway, South Carolina 29526
(843) 365-6715

Mr. Powell's resposibilities are as follows: Fulfill Carolina Clear Contracts with municipalities in Horry and Georgetown Counties who are regulated by the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Phase II general permit, coordinate education and public involvement programs regarding surface water resources, work in concert with other educators in the region as a member of the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (click here for more information on the consortium), assist with coordination of other statewide initiatives in Natural Resources such as Master Naturalist, Master Tree Farmer, and Master Wildlifer, and inform citizens in service area regarding topics such as wildlife conservation, nuisance wildlife control, pond management, aquaculture, water quality/quantity, and other natural resource related topics. His areas of expertise include Entomology, Aquatic/Wetland Ecology, Aquatic/Wetland Plant Identification, Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment, Marine invertebrates, Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector, and stormwater best management practices. He covers Horry and Georgetown Counties.

Beth RichardsonBeth Richardson

Area Extension Forester

Orangeburg County Extension Office
1550 Henley Street, Suite 200
Orangeburg, South Carolina  29115
(803) 534-6280 ext. 30

Ms. Richardson's responsibilities include all educational aspects on forest management, including longleaf management, hardwood management, marketing, federal tax code as it relates to forestry, and more. Her area of expertise is Forestry. She covers Aiken, Calhoun, Clarendon, Lexington, Orangeburg and Richland Counties.

Anthony J. "T.J." SaverenoTJ Savereno, Extension Associate

Extension Associate, Wildlife and Forestry

Pee Dee Research and Education Center
2200 Pocket Road
Florence, SC  29506
(843) 662-3526 ext. 250

Mr. Savereno's responsibilities include natural resources research and education, as well as management of wildlife, forestry, and other natural resources at the Pee Dee REC.  His interests and areas of experience include:  production of seed of native groundcover plants associated with native ecosystems, promoting Farm Bill wildlife conservation practices, restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem, and promoting the expanded use of prescribed fire as a management tool.  He serves the public primarily, though not exclusively, in the Pee Dee Region.

Rick Willey

Rick Willey

4-H Natural Resource Specialist

Clemson University Campus
272F Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, South Carolina  29634
(864) 656-3090

Mr. Willey's responsibilities are Youth Education in the area of natural resources, including Wildlife, Forestry, Water Quality (4-H2O) and 4-H Shooting Sports. He is also responsible for the coordination of Leisure Skills courses in the area of Shooting Sports and Hunting. His areas of expertise are Wildlife Management and Biology, Hunting and Fishing, and Shooting Sports. His responsibilities are statewide.