Tuesday, January 30, 2007

HCC Forestry Students Attend Regional Forestry Conference

Sixteen students and forestry faculty members recently attended the Appalachian Society of American Foresters (APSAF) winter meeting held in Pinehurst, North Carolina at the historic Carolina Inn. HCC Forestry Instructor, John Palmer, was sworn in as the new North Carolina Division Chair of APSAF. Students attended a number of technical presentations on the production and economics of biofuels, woody biomass production, and innovations in forest harvesting. A student tour of longleaf pine ecosystems was organized by Montgomery Community College and included talks from local industry professionals and experts on longleaf pine management and ecology. Students were also able to network with industry representatives and professors from various forestry schools at alumni socials and awards luncheon.

The Natural Resources Division display also drew a lot of attention in the vendor exhibit hall. The Haywood student chapter of the Society of American Foresters received funding from the Haywood Community College Foundation and the Kenney P. Funderburke, Jr. Education Endowment (an APSAF fund) to cover costs of attendance.

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