Brian Haines

Brian Haines is public information officer with the N.C. Forest Service, where he has served since 2007. Prior to coming to the Forest Service, he worked as an educator and a journalist.

Happy Birthday, Smokey Bear!

By on August 9, 2017

Today is Smokey Bear’s 73rd birthday, and he is still working hard to get his message out that “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.” Smokey Bear has been a symbol of fire safety and prevention since 1944. The purpose of the

List your businesses, products and services on the Southeast Urban Wood Exchange

By on July 21, 2017

The N.C. Forest Service is working with the Southeast Urban Wood Exchange to encourage businesses with a stake in the urban wood movement to quickly and easily list their products and services for free. Product listings include cut logs, milled

Ben Kniceley

This NC Forest Service ranger is also a champion lumberjack

By on July 6, 2016

When Ben Kniceley joined the N.C. Forest Service as the Duplin County assistant ranger in March, he brought with him the title of 2015 Stihl Timbersports U.S. Collegiate Champion. Last year, Kniceley placed first in the collegiate qualifier in Pennsylvania, which earned him a

N.C. Forest Service shield

It’s Arbor Day in North Carolina

By on March 18, 2016

Today is Arbor Day in North Carolina. (In our state, Arbor Day falls on the first Friday after March 15.) Many communities around the state also celebrate their own Arbor Day in spring. A majority of the communities celebrating Arbor Day are recognized

A walk in the woods leads to unique find

By on March 16, 2016

This blog post was written by N.C. Forest Service Conifer Silviculture Staff Forester Bill Pickens about an exciting find in the woods that takes us back to a forgotten piece of our state’s history.  I recently took a walk back in time through

Two from NC Forest Service honored at Fallen Firefighters Memorial

By on June 10, 2015

Two men who died while serving with the N.C. Forest Service were honored in May during the N.C. Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s 10th annual memorial service. They are Halbert Campbell of Kinston, a former pilot and operations worker, and Jimmy Halliburton of

Harvell is new regional forester in Piedmont

By on May 13, 2015

The N.C. Forest Service has a new regional forester for the Piedmont. Kevin Harvell takes over for Mike Hendricks, who retired this year with 36 years of service. Harvell said he admires Hendricks’ work ethic and dedication to the NCFS, and intends

On National Arbor Day, consider the role of trees

By on April 24, 2015

Today is National Arbor day and the N.C. Forest Service is encouraging all North Carolinians to think about all that our forests do for us. Trees bring more than scenic beauty; large deciduous trees shade and cool houses in the

Virtual trekking in DuPont State Recreational Forest

By on March 9, 2015

DuPont State Recreational Forest is now offering virtual tours along with some of America’s most important places — its parks, waterways and even battlefields. The tour went online last week in Street View in Google Maps. The Conservation Fund unveiled

Navy using part of Bladen Lakes State Forest for training

By on December 3, 2014

The N.C. Forest Service has a long history of working with its military partners around the state. That relationship took an additional step forward when the NCFS and the U.S. Navy came to a three-year agreement on using part of