Derrick Phinney

Natural Resources Program Team Leader
SC Registered Forester 1628
Forestry and Wildlife Resources Program Team, Water Resources Program Team, Dorchester County Cooperative Extension Office

Office: Dorchester
Phone: 843-563-0135


 Educational Background

MFR Master of Forest Resource
Clemson University 1998

BS Forest Resource Management
Clemson University 1997


I am the Natural Resources Division Leader for Clemson Cooperative Extension providing programming and outreach education for the state. I received both a B.S and M.S in Forest Management from Clemson University and am a registered forester. My experience is working in land management and environmental regulations for the past 18 years. I have worked with landowners on establishing objectives, writing and implementation of management plans, timber sales, reforestation, prescribe burning, cost share programs, GPS, GIS mapping and endangered species assessments. I have a vast background in freshwater wetlands and critical area determination and verification, restoration of freshwater wetlands and critical area, environmental permitting and storm water monitoring.
I have begun to work closely within the biomass sector and in regards to the use of wood pellets for energy production. The urban forestry market and interest has been growing over the last several years and my understanding and background has been increasing due to the new interest in our urban forest.