Also along Seed Orchard Road the trail user passes through a
loblolly pine seed orchard. It is here in 1968 that Dr. Schoenike pioneered the development of improved genetic stocks of loblolly pine. This was the first loblolly pine seed orchard established in South Carolina. The genetic origins of most of Upstate South Carolina's plantation loblolly pine can be traced to this site. (Also see Loblolly Pine.)
Dr. Schoenike was a forest scientist who truly loved to work in the woods. He was Professor of Forestry at Clemson from 1963 to 1988. During that time he was largely responsible for the development of the 60-acre arboretum which in 1988 was named the
"Robert E. Schoenike Arboretum" for him and memorializes his work. Through his care and efforts, over 2000 specimens were planted and nurtured for the education and enjoyment of all who visit there. He examined many introduced tree species for use as ornamental, landscape, timber, and urban forestry purposes. Many successful Arboretum introductions were used for trial plantings across the CEF.
Dr. Schoenike was a native of Minnesota. His undergraduate and doctoral studies were done at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Clemson Department of Forestry faculty in 1963. He authored numerous papers in forest genetics and taught dendrology, forest genetics, and plant propagation. His untimely death due to cancer was a great loss to Clemson University, the Arboretum, and the CEF.
Gene W. Wood
Professor and Extension Trails Specialist