Gov. McMaster proclaims March Prescribed Fire Awareness Month!
Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed March 2021 Prescribed Fire Awareness Month in South Carolina. Prescribed, or controlled, burning is the skilled application of fire under planned weather and fuel conditions to achieve specific forest and land management objectives. Controlled burning is an ancient practice, notably used by Native Americans for crop management, insect and pest control, and hunting habitat improvement, among other purposes. While prescribed burning cannot stop all wildfires, it is the best management tool available for preventing larger and more frequent outbreaks.
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Check out the 2020-30 South Carolina Forest Action Plan!
South Carolina’s forests help shape our state’s economic, environmental and social character, so investing in their health is crucial to their resilience and survival. Authored by the South Carolina Forestry Commission and myriad partners, our state’s Forest Action Plan includes in-depth analysis of forest conditions and other emerging issues in our state and region, providing a roadmap for improving forest health and ensuring that our forests — and the resources they provide — persevere for future generations.
Please take a moment to view or download South Carolina’s 2020-30 Forest Action Plan, which was simultaneously revised with the agency’s strategic plan to help align our plans and actions for the next decade.
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Order your copy/ies 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 ($15 if you pick up in person).
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Did you know the SC Forestry Commission rents tree planters and drum choppers to landowners, or that we offer a number of other landowner services like timber marking, firebreak plowing, waterbar construction, prescribed burning, mired forestry equipment extraction and even pest identification? Check out our FY2020-21 Equipment & Services catalog and call your nearest South Carolina Forestry Commission office to rent or procure any of our equipment and/or services. We're here to help South Carolina's forest landowners!
DISCLAIMER: All equipment is strictly for forestry use. A $200 deposit is required, refundable upon satisfactory return of equipment in good condition.
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Download the Forestry Commission's wildfire smartphone app!
With the outlook for the fall/winter wildfire season across the south changing so drastically in the last few weeks, having our free app can offer an extra layer of protection to you and your family. The SC Forestry Commission's wildfire smartphone app allows 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.
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!
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)
Strategic Plan (pdf)
SCFC Forest Action Plan, 2020-30
SC's Forest Action Plan has been approved by the USDA Forest Service at the regional level, but is still awaiting approval from the Washington office.
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)