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North Carolina Forest Service and USDA Forest Service ask people not to fly drones around wildfires. It impedes an agency’s response, put pilots at risk and is illegal.

North Carolina Forest Service and USDA Forest Service ask people not to fly drones around wildfires. It impedes an agency’s response, put pilots at risk and is illegal.

Summary: Technology can help us in many ways, but when it comes to wildfire response, a resident’s use of a drone in a fire area can actually hinder efforts to control a wildfire. Plus, it is illegal and puts responding pilots and grounds crews at risk.   Summary of Talking Points:: Every minute and second […]

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As we are entering spring fire season and wildfires running well above average for the start of the year, North Carolinians are reminded to use extra care when burning debris or making a fire.

As we are entering spring fire season and wildfires running well above average for the start of the year, North Carolinians are reminded to use extra care when burning debris or making a fire.

Extra caution is urged for debris burning as the state enters what could be an active spring fire season. With dry conditions lingering in some areas of the state and with wildfires this year running well above average, the N.C. Forest Service offers tips on reducing the risk of wildfires. Summary of Talking Points: Spring […]

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N.C. Forest Service Annual Tree Seedling Sale

The sale of tree seedlings by the N.C. Forest Service is underway. Conifers and hardwoods can be ordered in quantities as small as 10 or up to 100 seedlings. Threes can also be ordered by the hundreds or thousands. These are native trees and understory plants raised through the Nursery and Tree Improvement Program. Orders […]

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Forestry economist release economic impact numbers of the forest sector

Forestry economist release economic impact numbers of the forest sector

Forestry economists from N.C. State University recently released the latest economic impact numbers of the forest sector, which at $34.9 billion represents a $1 billion increase from last year. Forestry and logging operations, sawmills, furniture mills, and pulp and paper industries are included in the forestry sector. I think we can all agree North Carolina […]

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Use caution when burning during Spring fire season.

 The N.C. Forest Service defines March through May as Spring wildfire season and cautions residents to be careful when burning during this time of year. As the temperatures warm up, people are getting out in their yards, clearing out debris from gardens, flower beds and woody areas.  Some will take the opportunity to burn the […]

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A snapshot of the state of forestry in North Carolina.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Our N.C. Forest Service creates a report each year outlining the status of forestry resources in the state. Around 61 percent or 18.7 million acres of the state’s land area is forested. Of that 2.9 million is […]

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Today’s Topic: Woodland owners can apply for $2.5 million in reforestation funds through the Florence Reforestation Fund.

Today’s Topic: Woodland owners can apply for $2.5 million in reforestation funds through the Florence Reforestation Fund.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Landowners are also eligible for assistance to restore woodlands that were damage by Hurricane Florence. The N.C. General Assembly appropriated $2.5 million in time-limited, cost-share funding for 52 counties that were federally declared disaster areas.

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Today’s Topic: Veterans Day and Tree Seedling Discounts

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The North Carolina Forest Service is offering a 20 percent discount on tree seedling orders placed by active or retired military personnel during the month of November. Today’s Topic for November 13

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Today’s Topic: Update on the Timber Restoration Fund efforts to help woodland owners recover from the impacts of Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires in Western N.C.

Today’s Topic: Update on the Timber Restoration Fund efforts to help woodland owners recover from the impacts of Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires in Western N.C.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Forest Service has worked with woodland owners on 361 timber restoration projects statewide involving 16,378 acres. Commissioner Troxler is happy to report that about 70 percent of the projects are completed on more than 13,400 […]

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