Sandhill Research & Education Center

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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

Nathan Smith

Sandhill Sustainable Tomato Field Demonstration In The News

The recent field demonstration of a variety of grafted tomatoes, TSWV-resistant tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, as well as beans,
peas, and okra compared on different mulch treatments is featured in The Newsstand, an online publication of Clemson University media services.  Click here to read the article.  Watch for video selections from the event coming soon.

soybean field

SC Farm Aid Information Program

In conjunction with SC State University/1890s Extension, Clemson Extension specialists and representatives of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture will present information to help farmers through the application process for S.C. Farm Aid.  SCDA is taking applications July 1 through August 15, 2016 from farmers who experienced a collective 40% loss of agricultural commodities as a result of the 2015 flood.   For program details and schedule, please click here.  To go directly to the SCDA Farm Aid website, click here


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

Clemson Extension is offering a five week online class in environmentally friendly landscaping.  Click here for more details.  The course begins Monday, October 17, 2016. 

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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