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.
Call for Nominations for 2019 SC Environmental Awareness Award
The state of South Carolina is seeking nominations for an award to recognize individuals who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. Nominations will be accepted through January 31, 2020.
The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources.
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.
2019 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. Under this partnership, the Forestry Commission will determine seedling production for up to 5 million seedlings annually, with 3.34 million seedlings to be grown in 2019-2020. The prices in this guide will only apply to the first 100,000 seedlings ordered each year by qualified landowners for seedlings to be planted in South Carolina.
When placing your order, be sure to state if the seedlings are to be planted in South Carolina.
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.
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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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Check out our new guide to Invasive Species
To celebrate and help raise awareness about National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 25-March 3), we've produced a guide to some of the most common and problematic invasive species encountered in our state’s forests. Infestations of invasive plants and animals have an enormous impact, as they don't have natural predators and can quickly take over the landscape. As a result, they can also negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation, and the overall health of an ecosystem, costing more than $120 billion in damages every year.
Learn how to spot some of the most common invasive species and what you can do to prevent them from spreading.
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Southeastern Partnership For Forests & Water
The critical link between forestland and clean water is coming into clearer focus with two separate projects underway across the state. The Lower Savannah Watershed Project is providing outreach and education to the community in the Lower Savannah Watershed on the important connection between healthy, managed forestland and clean drinking water supplies.
Likewise, the Lake Wateree Watershed Summit that's just kicking off will provide information on conservation easements and cost-share programs that help landowners in the Lake Wateree watershed to keep their land in forests and managed well.
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It's wildfire season... Think Before You Burn!
Late winter and early spring is prime time for wildfires in South Carolina. In the Palmetto State, more wildfires occur between January and April than at any other time of year. While lightning and other natural causes contribute to some of this uptick in fire activity, unfortunately most of our state's wildfires are started by humans. In fact, escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires across most of the South and especially here in South Carolina. Please watch our educational video about making proper notification of debris burning AND taking the proper precautions to keep your fire contained.
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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)