HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS OR DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 09-14-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC NATURAL RESOURCES DIVISION FEATURED IN THIS MONTH’S OUR STATE MAGAZINE

Haywood Community College’s Natural Resources Division was featured in the September 2004 issue of Our State Magazine. The feature was one of ten winning community college programs in the article.

According to Douglas Staiger, chairman of HCC’s natural resources division and forestry instructor, all his students have to do is step out the doors of the buildings on campus to enter a working laboratory. "We have about 100 acres on our campus, much of it wooded," Staiger says. "We’re fortunate to be surrounded by natural resources so we’re not at a loss for places to take our students."

HCC boasts many outdoor natural labs. The Campus Arboretum features a large number of plant collections including the Rhododendron Garden, the Freedlander Dahlia Garden, the Class of ‘74 Rose Garden, and the Nix Horticulture Complex, as well as many nature trails. The Raymond J. Fowler Conservancy and Teaching Forest is a 320-acre tract of forestland that was donated to the HCC Foundation. A 54-acre tract of forestland, known as the John T. and Catherine R. Beaty Natural Resources Classroom was also donated to the college.

Students in the HCC natural resources division can choose from several programs of study, including fish and wildlife management technology, forest management technology, geographic information system/global positioning system technology, horticulture technology, and pulp and paper technology. For more information on HCC’s natural resources division or programs of study, please call 627-4500 or visit www.haywood.edu on the Internet.

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