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November 16, 2007

Clemson forest book signing set Nov. 19

The public is invited to a conversation and book signing by conservationist and nature photographer Tommy Wyche and naturalist John Garton at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in Clemson University’s Thurmond Institute auditorium.

Called " Quiet Reflections: The Clemson University Forest," the 128-page, full color coffee table book features the Clemson University Experimental Forest. It is a two-year labor of love that includes more than 120 photographs by Wyche, with descriptive text by Garton. The two will make a brief presentation at 7:30 p.m. before the signing.

Wyche is nationally recognized for conserving some 100,000 acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North and South Carolina. His other photography books are "South Carolina’s Mountain Wilderness: The Blue Ridge Escarpment," "The Blue Wall: Wilderness of the Carolinas and Georgia," "Mosaic: 21 Special Places in the Carolinas" and "Cycles of Nature." Naturalist Garton, a biologist retired from Duke Energy, was the guide and author for this book on the Clemson Forest. Garton is also the volunteer reptile-keeper at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Clemson office and works with many Clemson-area natural history programs such as S.C. Master Naturalist and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University.

"Quiet Reflections" captures the beauty of Clemson’s 17,500-acre experimental forest, the largest such forest in the nation adjacent to a university campus. The Clemson Forest is home to more than 195 species of birds and 900 species of plants and has been designated as an important bird area by the National Audubon Society.

Books will be on sale from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the ground floor lobby. Price is $34.95; proceeds will support research and education programs in the Clemson Forest.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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