N.C. Forest Service

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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A Second Chance for Hemlocks

N.C. Forest Service Nursery & Tree Improvement Program makes hemlock seedlings available to the public. In 1995, the hemlock woolly adelgid was found in North Carolina for the first time. Although tiny, this invasive insect can kill a massive hemlock in four to ten years. The devastation caused by the hemlock woolly adelgid is hard […]

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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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The health of our forests: 2018 year-in-review

The health of our forests: 2018 year-in-review

Each year, the beautiful forests of our state encounter risks from various threats.  The significance of native pests vary by year, but the threat from invasive pests is only increasing with time. Some, such as the hemlock woolly adelgid and the emerald ash borer, have the potential to wipe out an entire group of trees in […]

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Tubakia, or not Tubakia? That is the Question.

Tubakia, or not Tubakia? That is the Question.

Recently, oak trees throughout North Carolina are falling victim to a disease, evident by browning leaves  and premature leaf drop. When encountering a situation like this, forest health professionals handle it like a detective case, examining the available evidence, ruling out suspects, and utilizing laboratories for confirmation. In this case, while there are several diseases […]

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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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When it comes to incident response, it’s all about Brotherhood

By Carrie Harmon MOREHEAD CITY- “Upbeat but tired”, “Same people there every day”, “Putting in long hours” and “Very appreciative” are some of the phrases used to describe the multitude of firefighters from different departments scattered across Carteret County responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The county was hit directly by Hurricane Florence, causing […]

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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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