Monday, February 21, 2011


On January the 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2011, Forest Management Instructors, Blair Bishop and Bob Pinkston, took a van full of freshmen and sophomore students to the regional Society of American Foresters (Appalachian Society) conference held in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. This trip offers students the opportunity to hear seminars on exactly what is currently happening in the profession of forest management in the United States and can give them some insight as to the employment paths that will be available when they graduate here at Haywood Community College. They also have the chance to mingle with students in forestry at other colleges attending these conferences. Besides Haywood; N.C. State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, and Warren Wilson were present with students, and all got the chance to tour the historic city with a guide discussing urban forestry techniques. Bob and Blair took students out for supper on Thursday evening and walked through the historic streets at night admiring all the beautiful architecture. Students mostly enjoyed spending time with all the vendors displaying and showing how to use all the wonderful technological gadgets we hope to be able to use in our careers to get the data from the field to the office. Before leaving on Friday, we took the students just outside of the city to see the historic, 300 year old live oak, Quercus virginiana (The Angle Tree), and the pictures show just how massive this tree truly is. (Post by Bob Pinkston)

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