Welcome to the Clemson University - SFI project website! The purpose of the site is to keep project partners, natural resource professionals, and landowners informed of the activities and progress on the SFI funded project Wildlife Habitat improvement Practices for Industrial and Non-Industrial Forest Landowners. The project blog will feature periodic highlights and activities of the project. Be sure to check out each section of the website, and if you have any questions or comments click on the link Contact Us.
October has been a busy month with newly hired Clemson University graduate student Michael Broom (M.F.R. Graduate Student) establishing vegetation sampling plots (Carolina Vegetation Survey) across demonstration sites. Replicated silivicultural treatments being established include summer herbicide, spring prescribed burn, and winter prescribed burn in a 25 year-old loblolly pine stand. The photograph shows Michael and Caroline Gorga (M.S. Graduate Student) establishing permanent plots on a series of demonstration sites.
November 2010 - February 2011
Fall and winter have been a busy time in and out of the field. Clemson students collected and entered data on control and treatment plots on several demonstration sites on the Clemson Forest. Using the Carolina Vegetation Survey (CVS) technique, vegetation was sampled for the Fall 2011 season to determine occurrence and structure of vegetation important to wildlife on select demonstration sites before prescribed burning and herbicide treatments. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Wildlife Management (WFB 412/612) participated in sampling, as well as providing input into management activities on demonstrations. This photograph shows prescribed burning that was conducted on several demonstration sites in February, 2011. Signs have been developed for demonstrations are in the process of being placed on each site. On April 12, 2012 a media field day will be held to highlight project activities. This Fall, several webinar workshops are planned for landowners, as well as a field workshop to highlight project activities. If you have any questions or comments please click on the link Contact Us.
March 2011 - September 2011
Spring and summer have been a busy time for the project. In April a media field day was held on the Clemson Experimental Forest to highlight demonstration and research activities of the project to illustrate how forest management can enhance wildlife habitat. Media from television and print (local and state newspapers) were present and distributed information from the field day to the public. The photograph on the left shows some of the participants touring the various demonstration sites on the Experimental Forest. Work also continued on monitoring vegetation responses to management practices and value as wildlife habitat. Progress is also being made on a self-guide virtual field trip Ipod application for the project. Information about the Clemson - SFI project was also presented at the 2011 SFI Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont in September. This Fall two webinars will be held for private landowners on October 19 and November 21 highlighting project activities and considerations for integrating wildlife habitat improvement practices in to managed forest. For more information about the webinars visit the Forestry and Natural Resources Continuing Education website at www.clemson.edu/extension/natural_resources/continuing_education/ or call 864-656-7370. Additional webinars for natural resource professionals are also scheduled for March 14 and April 18, 2012. The webinars will lead to two on-site workshops at Clemson University for landowners on February 6,7, and 8, 2012 and for natural resource professionals May 21, 22, and 23, 2012. If you have any questions or comments please click on the link Contact Us.