Clemson Extension Forestry and Wildlife

Stumpage Price Trends and Resources to Find Mills in Your Local Area

graph with red lines showing hardwood pulp prices decreasing and blue lines showing pine pulpwood prices going from slightly level to decreasing

Pulpwood Stumpage Trends: In the second quarter of 2023, statewide pine pulpwood stumpage prices averaged $8.89/ton, while the average hardwood rates were $8.54/ton in South Carolina. It is a dramatic decline in pulpwood prices from the first quarter of 2022 when pine and hardwood pulpwood stumpages were above $14/ton. The average prices for pine and […]

Grand Natural Treasure

green tree growing in rocky soil

The common theme for most of my written works have involved some aspect of forestry associated with the southeastern wood “basket”. I was inspired on my recent family vacation to visit several National parks (Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Arches, Canyonland, Bryce Canyon, Coastal Reef, and Zion) across northern Arizona and southern Utah. In my opinion, […]

Pine and Hardwood Stumpage Price Trends in South Carolina Q1’23

Graph of S.C. Statewide Pulpwood Stumpage Price Trends. Q1

Pulpwood Stumpage Trends: In the first quarter of 2023, statewide pine pulpwood stumpage prices averaged $11.29/ton, while the average hardwood rates were $8.81/ton in South Carolina. It is a dramatic decline in pulpwood prices from the first quarter of last year – pine and hardwood pulpwood stumpages were selling above $14/ton in the first quarter […]

Your Pond as a Focal Area for Wildlife: Supplemental Habitat

Pond with different types of aquatic vegetation along the edge.

This series of articles aims to help you make better-informed decisions regarding the management of your pond for fish and wildlife value. In the previous article, we discussed the zones of a watershed and the associated plant communities. We established that a healthy pond is a product of healthy plant communities in each of the […]

Invasive Pests in South Carolina Forests: Those Here, and Those on the Way

close-up of the metallic green emerald ash borer

The forests of South Carolina – like those throughout the United States – certainly have their share of pests. While most of these pests are native and typically only impact stressed or injured trees, several non-native species are present and established in South Carolina. And of those non-native species, a few are true invasives, capable […]

Tractors and Implements for Forest Landowners – Part 4 Vegetative Management

Image of a rotary cutter. Photo credit: Stephen Pohlman, Clemson University.

Our series’ first, second, and third articles covered tractor selection, ground contact implements, and property maintenance (see links at the bottom of the article). The fourth part will cover two primary vegetative management implements that the forest landowner should consider adding to their arsenal. The first implement for consideration is a rotary cutter, commonly referred […]