Sandhill Research & Education Center

fox squirrel

Fox Squirrel Returning to the Sandhill

Native to South Carolina, fox squirrels have been found in the state’s forests for thousands of years. But today, urban encroachment is threatening their habitats. Corey Heaton, a member of Clemson’s Forestry and Wildlife Resources Program Team, Assistant Director for the Sandhill REC, and an assistant professor in the forestry and environmental conservation department, wants to reverse the impact urban sprawl is having on the fox squirrel population.  Heaton is working with Michael Small, a wildlife biologist, and Michael Hook, Small Game Program leader, both from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, to restore the fox squirrel population at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center (REC). If this project is successful, it could become a model for the rest of the state.  Read the entire article and watch the video by clicking here

Ryan Bean

Sandhill growing longleaf pine tree stand for education

Ryan Bean, a Clemson Extension forestry and natural resources agent, is working to turn three acres of land at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center into a forestry education site. Bean hand planted the majority of longleaf pines located on the site.  Restoration of longleaf pine trees is important for enhancing the South Carolina landscape, Bean said.

“At one time, South Carolina had 7.6 million acres of longleaf pines,” he said. “That figure has decreased and today the state has just 569,646 acres.”  Read the entire news release at:  


Sandhill Photo Policy

The Sandhill Research and Education Center property is rich with photographic settings.  We invite the general public to continue the practice of snapping pictures during walks and visits.  Different rules apply for commercial and professional photographers.  Permits are required.  For the complete guidelines and permit application, please click here.  Questions may be directed to our main office, 803-788-5700.

Sandhill Headlines

Longleaf Pines at Sandhill REC- Take a look at these two articles about the research being done on Longleaf Pines.  Clemson Newstand   Southeast Farm Press

Now accepting applications for the 2017 Farmers Market and the 2017 Fish Club.  Click on the highlighted link to be directed to the corresponding page.

Clemson awarded $595,000 USDA grant for New and Beginning Farmer Program
Click here to read the announcement

The new Sandhill Farmers Market video is now on the web.  Click here to view this 2 minute feature.

The Sandhill REC is undergoing significant changes.  Click here to read about the new Sandhill.

Clemson is a tobacco-free campus as of January 1, 2016.  This ban covers all forms of tobacco including e-cigarettes and applies to all Clemson properties.  Read the official announcement here.

It is illegal to remove agricultural or forestry products from the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center property. 

Richland County law requires that all dogs must be leashed when not on your private property.  The fine for having a dog off leash when not on your private property is $1092.00 for the first offense.

The Sandhill Research and Education Center was established in 1926 for agricultural research in the primarily rural Columbia area.


Coyotes have established residency in all 46 counties of South Carolina.  You can read more about coyotes and their habits by clicking here.


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