Susan Guynn, extension associate in Clemson University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, was recognized by Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) for her contributions to the design, development, and delivery of the online Deer Steward I Certification Program. Guynn was given the Special Recognition Award at QDMA’s annual convention in Nashville.
The online program teaches landowners, hunters, university students, and wildlife management professionals the four pillars of whitetail deer management: population management, habitat management, hunter management, and herd monitoring.
This program provides a comprehensive understanding of the key principles of deer and habitat biology, ecology, and management in a self-paced online learning environment and has been approved by the Society of American Foresters to meet the requirements of forestry continuing education. To date the Deer Steward I Certification Program has reached 102 landowners in 24 states, Canada, and Australia.
The collaborative educational extension initiative utilizes QDMA’s expertise in whitetail deer management best practices and Clemson’s status as a world-class deliverer of online programs to an international audience.