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Clemson Extension is partnering on a program to equip South Carolina landowners with the knowledge to manage their woodlands by connecting them with forestry experts from across the Southeast via locally based webinar sessions.

The Woodland Stewards Webinar Series is a regional Extension program for landowners that aims to empower woodland owners to make sound management decisions to meet their objectives for their land, according to a news release.

“The Woodland Stewards Program is designed to introduce all aspects of woodland/forest management to beginners,” Extension area forestry agent Jeff Fellers said in the news release. “This program will take the participant from learning about past management practices on the property to properly managing the woodlands/forest in present day. After completing the course, the participant will have a better understanding of principles behind why and how we manage our woodlands to promote better health and production.”

Presented by Southern Region Extension Forestry, the program consists of four live webinar sessions followed by a final local session organized by site hosts, the release said. Led by Extension forestry specialists from across the Southeast, the sessions will cover getting to know your woodlands, managing your woodlands, identifying woodland threats, wildlife and woodlands and more.

Sessions will be 7-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings from Feb. 21 to March 14 at various locations across the state, with the final date to be set locally. The cost is $50 per person.

In the Upstate, course location and other information is available through Carolyn Dawson, 864-638-5889 or dawson4@clemson.edu.

In Orangeburg, contact Janet Steele at 803-534-6280 or at jmwatt@clemson.edu; in Florence, contact TJ Savereno at 843-230-3109 or asavere@clemson.edu; in Camden, contact Ryan Bean at 803-432-9071 or rbean@clemson.edu; and in Edgefield, contact Stephen Pohlman at  803-637-3161 or spohlma@clemson.edu.

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