Clemson forestry degree program earns reaccreditation

Clemson forestry students participate in experiential learning and labs in the 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest.

Clemson forestry students participate in experiential learning and labs in the 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest.

Clemson University’s forest resource management bachelors of science degree program recently earned reaccreditation through December 31, 2023 from the Society of American Foresters Committee on Accreditation.

In its report, the committee stated that Clemson’s forestry program reflects that forestry is an interdisciplinary profession; recognizes the needs of the constituencies the program seeks to serve; emphasizes the role of foresters in meeting diverse and changing social, cultural, economic, political and environmental needs and values; and emphasizes the professional and ethical responsibilities necessary to manage and use forest resources for the benefit of society.

The committee also noted the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest (CEF) for its role in providing experiential learning opportunities for students. The forest recently earned Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification.

“We are extremely gratified that SAF has extended accreditation of our forestry degree for the next ten years and that it recognized in its report Clemson’s determination to produce a generation of forestry industry leaders that truly cares about forest stewardship,” said Patricia Layton, director of Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES).

Forestry education at Clemson began in 1903 in the department of botany and bacteriology and was initially accredited in 1962. Forestry and forestry-related alumni number near 700 and have assumed key roles in forest industry, research, conservation and public policy. The program now resides in SAFES within the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS).

“South Carolina has over 13 million acres of forestland on 68% of the state’s total land area, and forestry is the state’s leading manufacturing industry in both jobs and payroll, with a total economic impact of $17.45 billion annually. Clemson’s forest management resources program is vital to the success of this industry by producing the next generation of leaders who will protect, preserve and increase the economic and recreational values of South Carolina’s forests,” said Tom Scott, Dean of CAFLS.

Clemson’s forest resource management degree program provides a broad education in the arts and sciences with applied forest sciences and the necessary foundation for the scientific management of forest resources, products, and services.


The Society of American Foresters

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States and is the largest professional society for foresters in the world.

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