The SC Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe (JDLH) and the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests (FMS) have more than a few things in common – first, Agriculture, and second, they have a passion to educate and mentor the youth of South Carolina.

A partnership could not have evolved more organically; it is all falling into place with the coordination and help of USDA Forest Service’s Sub-Regional Volunteer and Service Program Specialist (SC/GA) Jules DeFriese, who arranged for a young adult trail crew recruited through Student Conservation Association (SCA) to train and to assist with trail work on the school grounds.

Jules Defriese commented, “The Forest Service is committed to shared stewardship, which often means creating connections and facilitating conversations among trusted partners that have the potential to change the way our public lands are managed in collaboration. Working alongside the SC Governor’s School for Agriculture and SCA, we hope to not only accomplish critical on-the-ground projects but also train the next generation of conservation stewards. We are excited about fostering and growing this new partnership and see incredible potential for success!”

For more, see the SC Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe