State law requires citizens to notify the SCFC before doing burning yard debris. Find your county's toll-free burn notification number here
Media seeking information about fires should contact Director of Communications Doug Wood
at (803) 968-1576 or Public Information Coordinator Justin Holt
at (803) 360-2231.
Forestry Commission celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2017
Join us all year long in celebrating nearly a century of forest protection, management and development for the citizens of South Carolina. We’re planning special events, contests, exhibits and of course "Throwback Thursdays" (#TBTs on Facebook) throughout the year to commemorate this historic milestone.
Governor proclaims March Prescribed Fire Awareness Month
Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed March 2017 Prescribed Fire Awareness Month in South Carolina. Prescribed, or controlled, burning is the skilled application of fire under planned weather and fuel conditions to achieve specific forest and land management objectives. These carefully applied fires are an important tool to reduce wildfires, enhance wildlife habitat, and keep the nearly 13 million acres of forested land in South Carolina healthy and productive.
A coalition of state, federal and non-governmental land management organizations under the umbrella of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council requested the proclamation to raise awareness of the essential role that fire plays in both the stewardship of our natural resources and the protection of lives and property.
READ THE FULL RELEASE HERE>>>
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.
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2016 tax tips for forest landowners
Every year US Forest Service National Timber Tax Specialist Dr. Linda Wang publishes a report providing up-to-date federal income tax information affecting timber transactions. It assists woodland owners, logging professionals, foresters and their tax accountants in filing the 2016 tax returns. The information presented here is for educational purpose only and is not intended for legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2016.
READ THE FULL REPORT HERE>>>
'Think Before You Burn" video kicks off SCFC fire prevention blitz
The South Carolina Forestry Commission recently produced a “Think Before You Burn” fire prevention video with help from its own agency personnel and from staff members of the Lexington County Fire Service. The video was made to support a larger statewide fire prevention blitz that Forestry Commission fire staff will be conducting from October through December and will be shared on the agency’s website, through its social media outlets and in public service announcements on radio and television.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE>>>
Current Wildland Fires in South Carolina
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State of South Carolina's Forests Fact Sheet (pdf)
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Economic Impact of SC Forests -Analysis (pdf)
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South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)
SC Forest Inventory and Analysis 2012
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State Forest Sustainable Commitment Statement (pdf)
South Carolina Forestry's 2015 Project
South Carolina Forest Resource Assessment (Forest Action Plan)
Primary Forest Industry Directory - list of all wood and paper manufacturing industries in the state.
Income Tax Deduction for Timber Casualty Loss (pdf)
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners (pdf)
Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window)
A Landowners Guide to Forestry in South Carolina - (pdf)
FIREWISE GUIDE TO LANDSCAPING (pdf)
Forestry Commission's Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report (pdf)
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The mission of the South Carolina Forestry Commission is to protect, promote, enhance, and nurture the forest lands of South Carolina in a manner consistent with achieving the greatest good
for its citizens.
Responsibilities extend to all forest lands, both rural and urban, and to all associated forest values and amenities including, but not limited to, timber,
wildlife, water quality, air quality, soil protection, recreation, and aesthetics.
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To file a complaint of discrimination with the SC Forestry Commission contact the Human Resources Director, SC Forestry Commission, P.O. Box 21707, Columbia, SC 29221, or call (803)896-8879.
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