The Department is housed in Lehotsky Hall, an 80,000- square-foot building on the Clemson Campus.The 17,640- acre Clemson Experimental Forest and a 65 acre Roland E. Schoenike Arboretum surround the campus and provide outstanding outdoor labs for teaching, research and extension.
The Clemson Experimental Forest's 17,500 acres are dedicated to education, research and demonstration in order to better understand and manage forest resources for the benefit of society. These essential resources include clean air, clean water, pleasing aesthetic qualities, abundant wildlife, protection of species and habitat diversity, recreation opportunities, along with commodity products from the forest. The forest is managed strictly for perpetual sustained or improved yield of these products. The Clemson Experimental Forest personnel, equipment, supplies, roads, recreation facilities and maintenance are solely supported by revenue generated by the Forest.
The Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (BICEFS) was formally established on May 21, 1999, but its roots are over 30 years old. Upon her death in 1964, Belle Baruch, daughter of financier Bernard Baruch, established the Belle W. Baruch Foundation. The Foundation called upon the colleges and universities of South Carolina to use her land resource, Hobcaw Barony, and her financial resources to establish research and teaching programs in forestry, wildlife and marine science. Clemson University began a forest science program on Hobcaw shortly thereafter with the formation of the Belle W. Baruch Forest Science Institute. The program grew through the years and research topics increased in their diversity as the need for information about all aspects of the environment became increasingly important.
The vertebrate collection is located in the Bob and Betsy Campbell Museum of Natural History. It maintains an extensive collection including representatives of 80 percent of the families of birds of the world.The collection is available for use in teaching and research. There is a classroom area, two vertebrate storage areas, one for dry and another for wet storage. The dry storage area holds 4,000 mammals, 7,000 birds, and 5,000 egg clutches. The wet storage has 2,500 reptiles and amphibians, as well as 7,000 jars of fish. Mr. Stanlee Miller (email: email@example.com; telephone: 656-3456) is the curator in charge of the vertebrate collection.