State law requires citizens to notify the SCFC before 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.
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Get your copy of our "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!



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New invasive beetle species found in SC lowcountry

The presence of an invasive species known as the Asian Longhorned Beetle was confirmed in Charleston County in mid-June. Although the Asian longhorned beetle has been introduced to North America and Europe at least 35 times beginning in the early 1990s, this is the first time this wood-boring beetle has been detected in South Carolina. The pathway of introduction has been wooden crates and pallets.
Forestry and other natural resource management professionals are naturally concerned, as the pest attacks dozens of species from 15 plant families, but especially maples, elms, and willow trees. The infestation is currently thought to be limited to the community of Hollywood, near Charleston, but ongoing surveys will determine the extent of the infestation.
The beetles are distinct and hard to mistake for other longhorned beetles in the region, except the cottonwood borer. The adults are large (0.6-1.6 inches long), have shiny black elytra (the hard wing covering) with white spots, and their antennae are conspicuously banded with white and black. Homeowners and landowners, particularly in the southern coastal regions of the state, should be on the lookout for this invasive and destructive pest.

VIEW, DOWNLOAD AND/OR PRINT OUR FACT SHEET ON THE ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE>>>


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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!

VIEW, DOWNLOAD AND/OR PRINT OUR NEW SEEDLING PRICE GUIDE WITH EASY-TO-USE ORDER FORM!>>>

 


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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.

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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.

VIEW/DOWNLOAD THE STORM DAMAGE MANAGEMENT GUIDE>>>

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.

HOW TO APPLY FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE WITH STORM-DAMAGED TIMBER>>>


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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.

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Coronavirus Closures

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/.

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SCFC Wildfire App
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:

LEARN HOW TO INSTALL AND USE THE APP>>>


 Impact
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.

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HOT LINKS

Current Wildland Fires in South Carolina

Current Burning Notifications

Today's Fire Weather

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)

INFORMATION

SCFC Agency Overview Video (YouTube)

SCFC Services Provided (pdf)

Forestry Impact by Numbers (pdf)

SC Forestry Facts & Figures (pdf)

Interactive information of how forest lands provide surface drinking water supply for South Carolina (opens in a new window)

Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

Accountability Report and related reports

Forests of South Carolina, 2018 (pdf)

Economic Impact Analysis of SC's Forestry Sector, 2017 (pdf)

Forest Products Fact Sheet (pdf)

Economic Impact of SC Forests -Analysis (pdf)

Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water Initiative

South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)

Firewise USA™ Recognition Program

Recent Presentations

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)

Ignition-resistant Landscaping and Construction Techniques (pdf)

Forestry Commission's Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Annual Report (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 page or simply email us.


OUR MISSION

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

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