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Young Professionals

The Young Professionals group consists of individuals that are relatively new to forestry. The 45-and-under leadership development group was created in 2007 to infuse young leaders in Forestry Association activities and programs. Today, this group provides social events for interaction with experienced foresters and other young professionals from around the state, service opportunities to educate K-12 students on our industry and professions within forestry, and enhanced networking and professional development within the forestry community through various meetings and workshops. Our goal is to provide a means for communication among all forestry professionals, and is also intended to identify new talent and leadership within the forest industry as we grow into future generations. This new generation of foresters will be given a chance to become recognized as emerging leaders through this program.

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Forestry Association Young Professionals

1st Annual Young Professionals Summit

August 4-6, 2022

Hilton Columbia Center


Summit Registration Includes:
Welcome Social, Buffet Breakfast, Speaker Series, Tour at the State House, and Friday Evening Networking Event/Family-Friendly Social.

Additonal Event Add-Ons:
Zoo Group Passes for Family members attending (Friday).

Summit Registration Fee: $115
Social Events Only: $30

Adult Zoo Group Pass: $21.50
Child Zoo Group Pass: $18.50

Online registration will close on Friday July 29th.
All other attendees must register on-site on Thursday - Friday, August 4th and 5th.



Hilton Columbia Center
924 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29210

Room rates are $159 per night.
Use group code C-WOOD when making reservations.

Make hotel reservations by calling the toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS or clicking the BOOK ONLINE button below.

Reservations must be received on or before July 14, 2022.


Event Agenda

Thursday, Aug 4

3:00 pm - Check-ins Begin

Hilton Columbia Center - 924 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201

5:30 pm - Summit Welcome Social

Poolside bar with Hors d'oeuvres at Hilton Columbia Center

The SC Be Pro Be Proud truck (a workforce program designed to introduce high school students to different education and career options in the trucking, equipment, electric, and forestry industries through simulation gaming) will be parked outside of the hotel for the Summit participants to tour, and to sign up as volunteers for future Be Pro Be Proud programming as representatives of the Forest Industry.

Be Pro Be Proud

8:30 pm - End of Social

Friday, Aug 5

7:00 am - Breakfast – Personality Quiz

Hilton Columbia Center: Banquet 1

8:00 am - Future of Our Workforce and Forest Industry Jobs

A representative from the Department of Employment and Workforce will give a presentation on the future workforce in South Carolina as it relates to forest industry jobs.

8:30 am - SC Forest Industry Logistics Issues and Updates

Zack Johnson, from Beasley Forest Products, will speak on logistic issues that are being faced in the forestry industry in South Carolina and discussing ways the forest industry can work together to overcome these logistical issues.

9:15 am - Mitigation Banking, Carbon Markets, Conservation Easements and Land Use Changes Panel

Ryan Wenzel, from Sabine and Waters, will speak on the importance and the process of mitigation banking, an important way to offset the ecological loss of a development project by compensating for the preservation and restoration of a different area or habitat.

Mac Rhodes, will talk about the new, hot topic of Carbon Markets and how it assists in offsetting carbon emissions while providing an income source for small landowners by delaying the cutting of their timber.

Raleigh West, Executive Director at SC Conservation Bank, will discuss conservation easements, highlighting how the SC Conservation Bank serves SC landowners and the different facets of our forest industry. He will also discuss the projected land use change in South Carolina, how it will affect our forest industry in the future, and how the forest industry can prepare for those changes.

10:45 am - Leadership Development in the Forest Industry (Personality Test)

A personality test will be conducted to help participants better understand and orient their personal goals, objectives, strengths, weaknesses, and communication methods to benefit their forest industry careers.

12:00 pm - Lunch Break

Independent Lunch

1:30 pm - Return to hotel for Afternoon Tour

Meet in Banquet 1 before Tour departure. SC State House Tour with Saluda County House Representative.

Cal Forrest will discuss current legislation that affects the SC forest industry, and how young forestry professionals can get involved in legislative advocacy to benefit the SC forest industry.

4:00 pm - Return to hotel

4:15 pm - Ethics, Professionalism, and Engagement

Hilton Columbia Center: Banquet 1

Gene Kodama, former SC State Forester and former SAF President/Chairman, will summarize the main points from the morning presentations as they relate to the future of our SC forest industry, and getting involved in programs around the state that are working toward solving the issues mentioned in the previous presentations. He will also discuss Ethics and professionalism, and the importance of Ethics and Professionalism in the SC Forest Industry and our individual forestry careers.

Jim Brown, Treasurer of the SC Tree Farm Committee and Procurement Forester for Evergreen Forest Products, will discuss the role of the SC Tree Farm Committee and the importance of forest certifications. He will also discuss the importance of being involved in the SC Tree Farm Committee from an industry perspective

5:30 pm - Adjourn

6:30 pm - Friday Evening Networking and Social Event

Evening with the Fireflies!

Young Professionals will meet at Segra Park for an evening watching the Columbia Fireflies take on the Charleston Riverdogs! Dinner will be provided as a buffet meal at the picnic pavilion and guests are encouraged to bring their families for a fun night under the ball park lights. (Includes game tickets, buffet dinner, drink ticket, and Fireflies hat)

9:00 pm - End of Social

Friday Social at the Fireflies

Upcoming Young Professional Events

Forestry Young Professionals Denmark SC

Spring Social

Thursday, March 17
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Patrick's Day Roast
7771 Voorhees Rd.
Denmark, SC 29042

Sponsored by Beasley Forest Products and Denmark Lumber Co.

Forestry Young Professionals Upstate SC

Family Day

Saturday, April 23
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Scott Paden's Family Farm
211 Andrews Chapel Rd.
Hodges, SC 29653


Sponsored by Paden Land and Timber and West Fraser

Forestry Young Professionals Sumter Camden SC

Cinco de Mayo

Thursday May 5
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boykin Farm's Barn
1626 Sumter Hwy.
Camden, SC 29020

Sponsored by Family Tree Forestry and the Longleaf Alliance

Forestry Young Professionals MIdlands SC

Crawfish Boil Luau

Thursday, May 12
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

1188 Daniel Ave.
Ward, SC 29166

Sponsored by Diversified Applications, Southeastern Forestry and Johnson Co.

Forestry Young Professionals Low Country SC

Skeet Shoot

Thursday, May 19
2:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bluefield Shooting Club
518 Tuten Rd.
Round O, SC 29474

RSVP REQUIRED before May 12

$22 per shooter, shells and carts available but not included.

Sponsored by Tidewater Forest Products, Sabine and Waters Inc., Beasley Timber Co. and McLeod Timber Co. LLC

Forestry Young Professionals Georgetown SC

Skeet Shoot

Thursday, May 26
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Backwoods QC
647 Hemingway Lane
Georgetown, SC 29440

$28 per shooter (extra $20 for shells). Refreshments provided.

Sponsored by Canfor Southern Pine, International Paper and Campbell Global

High School Students - Career Opportunities

If you’re looking to pursue a meaningful career, working in the forest industry is an excellent choice. Forestry is one of South Carolina’s largest industries, and it continues to grow! Choose a career that you’ll enjoy that also protects forests for future generations, allows you to spend time outdoors, helps you learn a specialized skill, and keeps you working in a growing field. Learn more about what a career in the forest industry looks like by contacting us.

FASC Job Board

The FASC Job Board lists job opportunities in forestry and related industries that are of interest to our members. There are opportunities for posting job openings, locating job opportunities and connecting with potential employers.

View the new FASC Job Board!

FOR MORE INFORMATION Emily C. Oakman, Director of Landowner Outreach, Forestry Education and Programs at the Forestry Association of SC 803-798-4170,

The Forestry Association of South Carolina
4901 Broad River Road   |   Columbia, SC 29212
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