Welcome to the South Carolina Forestry Commission

Important News, Upcoming Events or New Publications

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.



SCDA offering waste pesticide disposal at 2 locations this February

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is offering several opportunities to safely dispose of outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides this February. Agrigulture staff will be on site in Orangeburg Feb. 10 and in Little Rock Feb. 11 to monitor pesticide collection and disposal for the program, which is open to all private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators in the state, as well as homeowners.



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.



Batesburg man convicted of petit larceny after stealing timber

James Norwood Corbett, Jr., of Batesburg was convicted of petit larceny Friday, Jan. 15 for stealing $168.74 of timber the week of Thanksgiving 2015. South Carolina Forestry Commission investigators matched the heartwood of stolen logs with that of the wood left at the logging site. Corbett now faces a fine of more than 12 times the value of the purloined logs.



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.



Emerald Ash Borer on the move across Southeast
Destructive beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees

North Carolina has expanded its quarantine for emerald ash borer to include the entire state, following the recent discovery of the beetle in several more counties across the state.
What does this mean for South Carolina?
The emerald ash borer has been found in 24 states, including Georgia and North Carolina, which means South Carolina is surrounded. The Forestry Commission is stepping up detection efforts so we can respond rapidly to infestations.



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.


Forestry Commission's 2014 Forestry Report to the Governor and General Assembly (pdf)

Forestry Commission's Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report (pdf)

2014 Winter Storm Information



Current Wildland Fires in South Carolina

Current Burning Notifications

Today's Fire Weather

Recent Presentations

Seedlings for Sale

Current Timber Price Reports

Current State Land Timber Sales - Upcoming timber sales on state owned forestland.

Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)


State of South Carolina's Forests Fact Sheet (pdf)

Forest Products Fact Sheet (pdf)

Economic Impact of SC Forests -Analysis (pdf)

Forestry Impact by Numbers (pdf)

South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)

SC Forest Inventory and Analysis 2012
(pdf) Tables (pdf)

SC Timber Products Output and Use, 2011
(pdf) Tables (pdf)

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 - 2011 (pdf)



Employment Opportunities (opens in a new window)

How to Report a Wildfire

How to Report Woods Arson

If you have any Questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions or Email us.


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.

SC State Government Home Page

South Carolina Forestry Commission
5500 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: 803-896-8800
Fax: 803-798-8097

The South Carolina Forestry Commission and the USDA Forest Service prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. 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.
Both the USDA and the Forestry Commission are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Due to security and computer virus protection, your email inquiry may be perceived as "spam" and not delivered to the intended recipient. Be advised: If you do not receive an email reply within 5 business days, please contact via phone.

The Commission makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information found on this home page, but offers no warranty with regard to it.

Report State Agency Fraud (Office of the Inspector General)


Like us on Facebook(opens in a new window)


Follow us on (opens in a new window)


Get Acrobat ReaderSome links on this page require Adobe Acrobat reader. If you don't have Acrobat Reader you can get it free from Adobe Systems Inc. Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) Copyright © 2016 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.