Forest Health

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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Help Us Spot the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly!

Help Us Spot the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly!

As its area of infestation grows, North Carolinians should be on the lookout and report sightings of the spotted lanternfly! The spotted lanternfly is sure to draw looks with its vibrant coloration and speckled pattern. By most accounts, it’s a pretty insect. Pretty damaging, that is. Pretty annoying, too! But no matter how attractive it […]

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Hurricane Dorian & Our Trees: Minor Immediate Impact, Implications for Long-term Impacts to Tree Health

Hurricane Dorian & Our Trees: Minor Immediate Impact, Implications for Long-term Impacts to Tree Health

After devastating the Bahamas and other Caribbean Islands before turning north and skirting the eastern U.S. coast, Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Cape Hatteras in North Carolina on Sept. 6, 2019 as a Category 1 storm. A four-to-seven-foot storm surge flooded many homes and roadways. In addition, powerful waves caused beach erosion that reshaped many […]

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Stressed Out by Hurricanes!

Within the last month, back to back Hurricanes Florence and Michael have created stress on communities throughout our state and across the Southeast. While the loss of life and livelihoods are always of primary concern, many people have also had to deal with downed or broken trees and the resulting cleanup.  However, less noticeable to the […]

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Saving North Carolina’s Urban Ash Trees

Saving North Carolina’s Urban Ash Trees

In 2013, the emerald ash borer made its debut in North Carolina. The devastation of forests north and northwest caused by this invasive beetle was already well-known, so its discovery was met with dread. The ash forests were dying, and quickly. The future did not look good for North Carolina’s ash trees. Over the next […]

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