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Janet Steele – Area Forestry and Wildlife Agent -Orangeburg, Colleton, Hampton, Calhoun and Lexington Counites

March 9, 2021

Janet Steele is an area forestry and wildlife agent stationed in Orangeburg. She covers five counties and started with Extension in December 2018. She earned my B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech in 1989 and my M.S. in Forest Resources from Clemson University in 1992.  Janet’s forestry career spans over 25 years. Focusing on forestry and landowner education, she began her career with the S.C. Forestry Commission (SCFC) in Orangeburg as a project forester.  After completing her Master’s degree, she returned to work with the SCFC in Newberry as a Forest Stewardship Program forester and later held the same position in Walterboro.  Following a move to York County, Janet worked for 12 years with the Nation Ford Land Trust, and before coming to Extension, worked with the Forestry Association of South Carolina.

 

As a forestry and natural resources agent, she provides one-on-one assistance to forest landowners with recommendations for timber harvesting, reforestation, insects and disease, non-native invasive species, and wildlife habitat management.  She also works with state Extension specialists and researchers to provide landowners with the most recent information on a range of topics related to forestland management.  In addition to providing these services, she has an interest in assisting landowners with developing a transition plan for their property so that, if desired, their acreage will remain a family forest.  She also coordinates a statewide program called Women Owning Woodlands and three single or multi-county forest landowner association groups.  Her interest in longleaf pine restorations and management continues to grow as she works with more and more landowners managing their property for this unique species.

 

Janet’s favorite part of her job with Clemson Extension is that no two days are the same.  The five counties that she covers are diverse, ranging from the sandhills to flat, bottomland hardwood sites.  This diversity is also found in the landowners that she assists.

Her most memorable experience on the job is stepping into an unseen hole while crossing a fresh bottomland hardwood clearcut. She sank up to my knee in thick mud that didn’t want to turn her leg loose.  After pulling and pulling, her leg finally came free, fortunately with her boot still on her foot!

 

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