Audubon Society honors Clemson Forest

By Peter Kent

Clemson Experimental ForestState Audubon officials have recognized the importance of the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest as a wildlife habitat by designating it an Important Bird Area.

The forest qualified because of the number of species of national and global concern that use it for food and shelter. The review committee also noted the management and conservation efforts at the forest. “The ongoing research contributes immensely to the knowledge base of bird populations in South Carolina,” wrote Ann Shahid, state Audubon program leader.

The forest becomes the 39th area in the state and one of nearly 1,700 U.S. sites. Drew Lanham, Clemson wildlife biologist, applied for the IBA status. “Clemson is fortunate to have a forest of this size and quality attached to its campus,” he said. “Its size is vital to sustain the diversity of species, and its quality makes it an ideal teaching, research and community resource.”

For information: Drew Lanham, 864-656-7294,