FRAUD ALERT: SC Forestry Commission does not charge for burn permits
The SC Forestry Commission has been alerted about an online scam that purports to offer fee-based burn permits and other licenses for any state. Certain Google search results display an ad that links to a fraudulent website that claims to provide “application preparation assistance services” for individuals seeking common state-issued permits. After collecting visitors’ personal information, the website directs visitors to a credit card payment page to pay a fee.
THIS IS A SCAM! The SC Forestry Commission does not issue physical burn permits, nor is there a charge for them. In South Carolina, state law requires citizens who wish to burn yard debris outside of city limits to make notification with the Forestry Commission by calling the toll-free notification phone number for the county in which they live. The full list of toll-free notification lines for each county can be found on the Forestry Commission website at this link: www.trees.sc.gov/fyard.htm.
2020-21 Seedling price guide now available!
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to partner with commercial seedling provider ArborGen on the production, sales and delivery of forest tree seedlings for SC landowners. Taylor Nursery, near Trenton, S.C., is still owned by the Forestry Commission, but ArborGen is now providing management services to operate the nursery. Now taking orders year-round... Call us today!
April 13 winds and tornadoes caused more than $4 million in timber damage
The South Carolina Forestry Commission estimates the damage to the state’s timber resources from strong winds and at least 25 confirmed tornadoes April 13 tops $4 million. Landowners who suffered storm damage can apply for Emergency Forest Restoration Program assistance from the Farm Services Agency. FSA local offices can be located by selecting landowners’ county of residence on the agency’s interactive map page or by calling the state FSA office at (803) 806-3820.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reaching out to forestry, agriculture and rural small businesses regarding the next round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding allocations, which likely will be targeted toward these ends. The Forestry Commission is encouraging rural/agriculture businesses to contact their local lenders as soon as possible to prepare to submit an application for funding. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partners are available for application assistance. The PPP can be used to pay for payroll cost, utilities, interest on mortgages and personal property loans and rent. The maximum loan amount is $10 million, with a term of 2 years at an interest rate of 1% with a six-month deferral of payments. Please visit the organizations’ websites below for more information:
Forestry Commission lifts statewide burning ban
Storm-related debris burning still subject to DHEC requirements on open burning
The South Carolina Forestry Commission lifted the statewide burning ban at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. Campfire/firepit burns, residential yard debris burns and prescribed burns will all be allowed to resume as normal Tuesday, but it is important to note that burning storm-related debris is subject to special requirements set by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to protect public health during the COVID-19 response (see full set of requirements in the media advisory, which is linked below).
Storm damage management after tornadoes
Tornadoes and other storms cause varying degrees of damage to the forests. The level and extent of damage you sustained as well as your ownership objectives will help you determine what actions are needed to restore the health and productivity of your woods. The recommendations in our tornado-specific storm damage management guide (see link below)are designed to provide you with basic guidance as you make decisions about the best course of action to follow.
Also, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for assistance through the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) now for forest landowners who suffered timber damage during recent wind events. Although funding is not yet approved, landowners need to begin the process now by contacting their county FSA office.
CARES Act relief for timber harvesters & haulers
Congress passed a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus response bill intended to speed relief across the American economy for individuals and businesses, timber harvesters and haulers among them. The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities CEO Carlton Owen shares a brief overview of the CARES Act and how the relief contained therein relates to timber harvesters and haulers.
More pertinent information:
- SBA & General Website
- CARES Act Interim Final Rule
- Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet
- Farm Credit East CARES Act Webinar
- COVID-19 Legal Update
SC Forestry Commission restricting access to offices and closing State Forest offices and recreation facilities to public indefinitely
Recreation and parking permits still available online for horseback riding, ATVs, motorcycles and bicycles at state forests
In an effort to minimize the potential exposure and spread of coronavirus to the public as well as to its employees, the South Carolina Forestry Commission has closed all five of its state forests' offices to the public.
While the forests will remain open to the public for horseback, ATV, motorcycle and bicycle riding, recreational permits for these activities, including for parking at Harbison State Forest, are now only accessible online. Forest visitors can obtain their recreational permits at the following website: https://ssl.sc.gov/scfcpermitsales/.
Forestry Commission launches wildfire smartphone app!
The South Carolina Forestry Commission has released a smartphone app that will allow citizens, media and fire departments to view current wildfires and burn notifications, check the latest fire weather, receive push notifications about important news such as burning bans and red flag fire alerts, and much more.The easy-to-use interface lets users:
- View all the current wildfires in the state. Pinch-zoom, then click, on any fire or notification to see its location, size and containment status;
- See all the current prescribed burns for forestry, wildlife and agriculture around the state;
- Check the day’s fire weather in any region of the state;
- Watch the agency’s videos on how to conduct legal debris burns, including making notification to the Forestry Commission and taking the proper precautions;
- Report a wildfire, arson, litter or other forest law violation.
Forestry Commission announces forestry's impact on SC's economy
State Forester Scott Phillips announced the economic impact of forestry in South Carolina Thursday, Nov. 7, citing the agency's most recent Economic Impact Analysis for Planning (IMPLAN) study. In detailing the $21.2 billion impact that the allied sectors of forestry and forest products-related industries generate on the Palmetto State's economy, Phillips also revealed that forestry provides more than 98,000 jobs and $4.9 billion in labor income.
Get your copy of our new "Forest Trees of SC" tree ID manual!
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to present to the citizens of South Carolina this updated 180-page edition of the agency’s native forest tree identification manual, originally produced in 2003.
This greatly improved guide represents a significant upgrade to its predecessor in scope and detail; in addition to replacing one-color line drawings of trees and their identifying characteristics with full-color photographs, we have added more than a dozen native species than appeared in the first edition, added an illustrated guide to tree and leaf anatomy, incorporated range maps for every species and included many more anecdotal and characteristic keys to identifying South Carolina’s native trees.
VIEW/DOWNLOAD A PREVIEW OF THE BOOK >>>
Soft-bound copies of the book may be purchased directly from the SC Forestry Commission for $20.
CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY/COPIES TODAY!
Current State Land Timber Sales - Upcoming timber sales on state owned forestland.
Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)
INFORMATIONSouth Carolina Forestry's 2015 Project
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)