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.
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Soft-bound copies of the book may be purchased directly from the SC Forestry Commission for $20.
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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.
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.
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.
Current State Land Timber Sales - Upcoming timber sales on state owned forestland.
Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)
SCFC Agency Overview Video (YouTube)
SCFC Services Provided (pdf)South 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)