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.
Important News, Upcoming Events or New Publications
2016 Signup Underway for Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Landowners should apply by Nov. 20 to be considered for EQIP funding
South Carolina's farmers and forest landowners can apply for financial and technical assistance to protect the health and productivity of their private agricultural and forestland through USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS accepts EQIP applications year round, but makes funding selections at specific times during the fiscal year. The application cutoff date for fiscal year 2016 is Nov. 20th. NRCS is encouraging farmers and forest landowners to submit their applications as soon as possible because funding is limited. NRCS provided $13.1 million in EQIP funding to eligible South Carolina farmers and forest landowners in fiscal year 2015.
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.
SCFC sends 13 more personnel to help battle Western blazes
Latest deployment brings total of SCFC personnel dispatched out of state to 20
Responding to multiple requests from the U.S. Forest Service, the South Carolina Forestry Commission has sent 13 of its employees to join crews working on dozens of wildfires across four Western states. Eight personnel were deployed to Texas, three to Idaho and one each to California and Washington in roles ranging from wildland firefighter and heavy equipment boss to public information officer and planning section chief.
Register now for our Certified Prescribed Fire Manager course
Forestry Commission conducting four classes around the state
Land managers who conduct outdoor burning can reduce their liability by becoming Certified Prescribed Fire Managers.
State Forester Gene Kodama Named Gifford Pinchot Medal Winner
Society of American Foresters to present SCFC director with prestigious national award
South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama has been selected to receive the Society of American Foresters’ Gifford Pinchot Medal. One of the most esteemed forestry awards in the nation, the medal is presented every two years to a forestry professional in recognition of exceptional contributions to the administration, practice and development of forestry in North America. Nominees for the Gifford Pinchot Medal must have demonstrated exemplary actions that further the field of forestry by making an indelible mark on the profession and being a person of action.
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.
ATTENTION South Carolina landowners, it's time to GROW SOME GREEN
South Carolina's Most Damaging Wildfire -Highway 31 Fire Horry County
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)
South Carolina Harvest and Utilization Study, 2011 (pdf -opens in another window)