Haywood Community College fish and wildlife students gain hands-on practice

Press release from Haywood Community College:

Students in the Haywood Community College fish and wildlife program took hands-on learning to a whole new level and a different state recently when they traveled to Sweetwater Farms, a 4,000 tract of land in South Georgia. Through this trip, students got an up-close look at some of the opportunities available in the field of fish and wildlife and participated in numerous hands-on activities, much like technicians in the field do on a day-to-day basis. In addition, this invaluable experience provided opportunities that some of these students would otherwise not have.

Students participated in prescribed fires, trapping, and hook and line sampling, as well as tour the seasonal wildlife management operations happening on the property.

According to Dr. Wally Woods, HCC fish and wildlife instructor, Sweetwater Farms is the largest trophy managed tract that is a conservation wetland reserve program east of the Mississippi River. “It is a natural resources management heaven with tons of active management for game and nongame wildlife, timber operations, wetland preservation, fire ecology, habitat restoration and trophy fisheries,” he explains. “For this trip, we focused on experiencing the use of fire as a management tool. We were able to burn over 100 acres as a class, including several different timber types such as longleaf, hardwood, clear cuts and others. This gave the students a rare and awesome chance to see firsthand how fire behaves in different cover types.”

HCC’s fish and wildlife management technology associate degree is accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association and is currently the only one offered statewide. For more information, please call 828-627-4626 or visit haywood.edu.

Registration for summer and fall semesters is underway now for both new and continuing students. With a variety of associate, diploma, and certificate programs to choose from, students can take the first step in realizing that education changes everything. Career counseling services are available for guidance. For more information on enrollment, programs of study or financial aid, call 828.627.2821 or visit haywood.edu.

About Community Bulletin
Mountain Xpress posts selected news and information of local interest as a public service for our readers. To submit press releases and other community material for possible publication, email news@mountainx.com.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.