Eastern Carolina students study forestry conservation in Georgetown County

Eastern Carolina students study forestry conservation in Georgetown County (Image 1)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – The Wood Magic Forest fair continues in Georgetown County.  It’s a chance for Eastern Carolina students to learn about forestry conservation and other parts of nature.  Wednesday, fourth graders from Montessori of Florence and Waccamaw Intermediate learned ways they can help South Carolina’s forests prosper.

The classroom was outdoors for fourth graders at Waccamaw Intermediate School Wednesday.  Jen Gallup’s students are learning about eco-systems, so the Wood Magic Forest Fair at Hobcaw Barony couldn’t have come at a better time.

“When we get back to the classroom, we’re going to discuss the different living and non-living characteristics that we saw in the woods,” she said.  “We’ll talk about how the animals and humans can impact the environment both in a positive and negative way.”

The 20 students in her class are part of a group of 500 from across Coastal South Carolina, including the Pee Dee, learning about good and bad fires, paper making, gifts the environment gives, and sawmill techniques.

George Chastain makes it his mission to make sure students don’t leave empty handed.

“It’s a program for fourth graders throughout the low country that are invited here to come and learn about forestry and forest conservation,” he explained.

Students take away lessons from the Wood Magic Forest Fair that include how they can impact South Carolina’s  $17 billion a year forest industry.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission says there is one major takeaway from the four day event.

“Trees are renewable through sustainable forest management, we can always make sure that we have more forest in South Carolina,” said Stephanie Kolok with the commission.

The organizers want to make sure students remember how they can help South Carolina’s living history in a Positively Carolina way.

The Wood Magic Forest Fair happens in the upstate, midlands, and along the coast.  Next year’s coastal event will be at Sewee Preserve, and it will return to Hobcaw Barony in 2016.

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