Forestry Files

Enjoy state forests this winter and #RecreateResponsibly

It’s that time of year again, when many of us are in our first days of exercising more. According to a recent YouGov poll, getting more exercise is the most popular resolution for Americans in 2021. As we continue to live with the COVID-19 pandemic, the great outdoors should remain a popular choice for anyone […]

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Plant your tree seedlings early this season

Plant your tree seedlings early this season

The La Niña climate pattern strengthening in the Pacific will influence winter weather across the globe in the coming months. In the southern U.S., we’ll be warmer and drier. For Southerners who dislike cold air, maybe La Niña isn’t so bad. For tree seedlings, not so good. According to Management Alert 20-03 from the Southern […]

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Pines don’t lose leaves in the fall. Or, do they?

Pines don’t lose leaves in the fall. Or, do they?

Everyone knows that autumn is the time for trees to turn colors and lose their leaves. Thousands of families pack their cars and drive out to the country to see colorful hardwood foliage as trees prepare for winter. But, what about the pines?  After all, they are evergreens and evergreens are always green, right?  Not […]

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Forest sector delivers big for North Carolina

Forest sector delivers big for North Carolina

Trees are amazing. They help clean our air and water. They provide essential habitat for wildlife and cool swaths of shade during those hot Carolina summers. From the mountains to the sea in North Carolina, forestland provides the outdoor escape and endless recreational opportunities we need to stay fresh and productive in our daily lives. […]

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Two of North Carolina’s newest national champs are BIG… trees!

Two of North Carolina’s newest national champs are BIG… trees!

American Forests’ National Register of Champion Trees began as a national competition with one goal in mind; to discover and preserve the largest living specimens of American tree species. This goal stemmed from a desire to protect and preserve these trees for future generations. The National Register of Champion Trees recognizes more than 600 trees as […]

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Dozens of department employees recognized for project to save trees that “get in people’s hearts.”

Dozens of department employees recognized for project to save trees that “get in people’s hearts.”

“The project was very complex and difficult.” That’s just part of the way Robert Trickel with the N.C. Forest Service described a project that prompted a recent award for 41 Forest Service employees. Their success in rising to the challenge earned them the NCDA&CS Excellence in Team Accomplishment Award. After the nomination and selection process, […]

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Green Invaders: Invasive Plants in North Carolina

If you’ve spent time outdoors in North Carolina, you have likely spotted some “green invaders” whether you knew it or not. We’re not talking about aliens from outer space, but invasive plants that sneak into our state, displacing our native plants and harming ecosystems and wildlife. To protect forest ecosystems and wildlife in North Carolina, […]

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