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  • Writer's pictureSonya Terry

Introduction to Forestry: Diversifying Agricultural Land Workshop

ASWCD's March 9th, sold out forestry workshop featured a diverse group of speakers from a variety of local, state, and federal agencies. Our speakers explored topics like: forest ecology, basic management techniques, contracts & selling your timber, land acquisition, financial assistance & cost share programs, and tax incentives. We wrapped up the workshop with a question and panel session with our speakers. For information about any of the topics listed above please contact our office at 803-262-4470 or e-mail us at

Speakers featured:

Gary Burger, Statewide Forester - SCDNR

Brad Harmon, ASWCD Commissioner and Plantation Manager

Stephen Pohlman, Area Forestry Agent - Clemson Extension

Mark Fox, Regional Vice President - AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA

Josh Martin, District Conservationist - SC Natural Resources Conservation District

Lisa Lord - Savannah River Watershed Project Director, The Longleaf Alliance

Robert Lord - Project Forester, SC Forestry Commission

Our panel of natural resource professionals from left to right: Lisa Lord, Josh Martin, Mark Fox, Robert Lord, Brad Harmon, and Stephan Pohlman. Gary Burger also spoke to our group, but is not pictured.

We were at full capacity for this workshops with participants from across the state.

Each attendee took home a folder packed with presentations, a copy of SC Forestry Commissions Best Management Practices for Forestry, and a Forest Plants of the Southeast Field Guide. A few participants were lucky enough to win a copy of US Forest Service's Invasive Plants in Southern Forests Field Guide to take home as well.


ASWCD's next workshop will be an Aquaponics Workshop on May 4th, 2018!


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