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Remember South Carolina’s state forests at tax time
The South Carolina Forestry Commission encourages citizens to make a charitable contribution to the SC State Forests Fund on their tax returns. Taxpayers have the opportunity to support the five state forests – Harbison, Manchester, Poe Creek, Sand Hills and Wee Tee – by making a check-off contribution on their state tax returns using Form I-330.
SCFC raises estimate of forestry’s economic impact loss from flooding to $100M
The South Carolina Forestry Commission has raised its estimate of economic impact loss to the state’s forest products industry from last year’s historic flooding to $100 million. The agency derived its initial impact assessment of $65 million in October 2015 from forest planting and inventory data, aerial surveillance, mill reports and consultations with foresters, loggers and landowners. Since then, the commission has surveyed nearly twice as many mills in addition to collecting more extensive feedback and data from landowners and foresters in the roughly 20-county swath most affected by the flood.
S.C. forestry industry has plenty of room for growth
The forestry sector in South Carolina has an annual economic impact of $18.6 billion, employs more than 90,000 people, is the largest harvested crop at $759 million and is the No. 1 export commodity from the Port of Charleston at $1.5 billion. And yet, there remains plenty of room for growth.
Check out our Forestry merit badge workshops for Boy Scouts in 2016
Join us at Harbison State Forest’s Environmental Education Center to earn your Forestry merit badge in one of two fun, hands-on, educational five-hour workshops offered in 2016, one each in spring and fall. Scouts will explore the remarkable complexity of a forest and identify many species of trees and plants and the roles they play in a forest’s life cycle. They will also discover some of the resources forests provide to humans and come to understand that people have a very large part to play in sustaining the health of forests.
Considerations for harvesting pine straw
Pine straw has become a big part of the landscaping industry as it is light, easy to transport and easy to apply. At almost $4 per bale, many landowners are harvesting and selling their pine straw. However, harvesting pine straw too often can affect the health of a forest. The key is to do it sustainably.
2015 tax tips for forest landowners
Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this USDA publication explains the federal income tax laws on timber.
Flood assistance and resources for forest landowners and loggers
While the waters from October 2015's flooding have receded in most places, many landowners and loggers are still affected by waterlogged conditions on the ground. Newly planted seedlings may not have survived the inundation, and damaged roads and bridges are still hampering timber harvesting operations. The Forestry Commission continues to monitor the situation by consulting with landowners, studying the health of the forest and sharing assistance information with those affected by the historic flood.
SCFC, SCFA announce forestry's $18.6 billion impact to SC economy
South Carolina Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the forest products sector in grand fashion Tuesday, Aug. 18, unveiling a large wooden sign representing the industry's $18.6 billion contribution to the state's economy. The new economic impact figure was revealed at a statewide meeting of forestry professionals organized by the SCFC, the South Carolina Forestry Association and forest industry allies.
Current State Land Timber Sales - Upcoming timber sales on state owned forestland.
Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)
Primary Forest Industry Directory - list of all wood and paper manufacturing industries in the state.
Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window)