Haywood Community College’s Forestry students and faculty recently participated in the winter meeting of the Appalachian Society of American Foresters in Newport News, Virginia. The three-day meeting was an opportunity to hear distinguished forestry professionals address a number of topics ranging from emerging wood products to the dynamic future of the profession. The meeting also served as an opportunity to network with future employers and department heads from regional baccalaureate forestry programs like Clemson, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

A student tour organized by Virginia Tech featured an overview of the forest management practices implemented on Newport News' 12,000 acre watershed. HCC had the most forestry students represented at the conference. The HCC group also toured the Newport News marine center.

HCC’s Forest Management Technology Program is the only associate degree program in North Carolina to be recognized by the Society of American Foresters. For more information about HCC’s Forest Management Program, please call 627-4561.