Johnson Experimental Forest Tour

on Monday, 15 January 2018. Posted in PDLT Events

Please join us Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 2:00-5:00pm, for an informative tour at the Johnson Experimental Forest (JEF), in Chesterfield SC.

Attendees will gather under a beautiful oak tree at the JEF gate of the North tract for refreshments during the introductions of our host and speakers. We will learn from our expert presenters at five points of interest throughout the van tour of JEF. This experience is offered at no cost to PDLT supporters. Parking and bathroom facilities will be located at 4692 Teals Mill Road, Chesterfield, SC 29709. Event will be rain or shine, so plan according to the weather.

Please register today as space is limited to 30 participants for this free experience.  To register, please email Shannon Copes, PDLT Director of Education and Outreach, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or via phone 843-667-3229 ext. 302, and provide your name and names of your guests, along with an email address for us to send a confirmation and details the week of the event. JEF - group shot web

This experience will showcase a 10-year effort to create a unique forest, Johnson Experimental Forest (JEF), in Chesterfield county with multiple goals in honor of his parents who farmed this land from the mid 40's into the 1980's. There is a very interesting story to share with Pee Dee Land Trust (PDLT) members and guests that is linked to four new movements in forestry that can be linked to the need to increase wood quality in S.C. forests.  

We thank our host, Knowlton Johnson, for coordinating this environmental experience and his renowned SC forestry experts who will be talking about the JEF projects across multiple sites in the forest. These forestry experts are all from SC; biographies to be emailed out to all registered attendees.
-Dr. Pat Layton, Clemson University,Wood Utilization and Design Institute
-Guy Sabin: VP of SC Forestry Commission; American Tree Farm System
-Corey Flowers, JEF forestry consultant
-Charles Babb, Chesterfield County Longleaf Coordinator for Sandhill Longleaf Pine Conservation Partnership


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JEF was the first conservation easement PDLT established in Chesterfield County back in November 2015.  JEF is a unique property that is being managed as a tree farm under the American Tree Farm System while also being used as a place for experimental forestry work in collaboration with the Clemson University Forestry Department.  The property includes 227 acres of varying aged loblolly pine, longleaf pine, and bottomland hardwoods.  Several stands of loblolly and longleaf have been planted using new techniques for purposes of demonstration and research.  The conservation agreement put in place will keep the property in one piece and as a working tree farm.  The conservation agreement made with Dr. Johnson meets his objectives by placing limitations on subdivision, development, and commercial activities with the intention of keeping the property in forestry and recreational uses.  Other objectives of JEF are conservation of wildlife and water resources as well as research and education.  In 2015, Dr. Johnson received one of three S.C. district Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year awards.  He shared his thoughts about establishing a conservation easement with PDLT, “This easement seems to be a perfect fit for preserving the property and enhancing the environment. I want to leave a legacy in honor of my parents, Hazel and N.W. (Fish) Johnson.”

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