Savannah Valley District

Canvas and Conservation

Amanda Taylor, Forestry and Natural Resources Agent

Art and conservation have long gone hand in hand. In the 19th century, artists from the Hudson River School headed west to paint the American wilderness. Their work sparked a movement that birthed the U.S. Forest Service and legislation that led to more wise use of our natural resources.

“Beauty Strip No. 1”

In the spirit of the early conservation movement, the Hampton County Extension Office hosted “Canvas and Conservation: The Art of Ian Welch” on August 3rd. Ian Welch, a local artist and elementary school teacher, exhibited work from his series “Land Rites.” Using printmaking techniques such as copper plate etching, Welch portrays Hampton County’s forests’ textures, scenes, and atmosphere. To accompany his aesthetic interpretation, Forestry, and Natural Resources Agent Amanda Taylor provided additional context to many of the scenes portrayed in his work. Participants could see the forestry industry from a new perspective through a blend of science and art.

“To Departed Friends.”

If you’re a small landowner or residential homeowner looking to enhance the natural areas on your property, join us for “Woods in Your Backyard” on October 7th in Jasper County. Janet Steele and Amanda Taylor from the Forestry and Natural Resources team will host—further details to be determined. Please email Amanda Taylor at with any questions, and keep an eye on the Clemson events calendar for more information.

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