South Carolina Forestry Commission
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Pesticides, including both herbicides and insecticides, are valuable tools in maintaining a healthy forest. Herbicides are often used to control unwanted vegetation in the establishment of both natural stands and plantations. The use of herbicides, rather than mechanical methods, is recommended on erodible piedmont and mountain sites to protect water quality. Insecticides may be used to control certain insect infestations where outbreaks are localized.

Proper planning and conscientious execution of the plan are the keys to safe use of pesticides. The plan should clearly delineate the area to be treated and should include buffers to protect bodies of water and neighboring landowners' property. The plan should also specify chemicals to be used, method of treatment, application rate, target species, acceptable wind directions and wind speeds, and nearby sensitive areas.

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