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.

Waterfalls are beautiful to see, but can be deadly to play on. Follow these 8 waterfall safety tips.

By on July 2, 2018

In 2016, Transylvania County experienced six waterfall fatalities, prompting the creation of a waterfall safety campaign by the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority. The campaign kicked off last year in conjunction with local leadership at Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State

A Little River forces Herculean efforts to save the future of countless forests

By on June 16, 2018

The future of many forests floated away after Hurricane Matthew’s relentless barrage of rain in October 2016. More than 15 inches in under 24 hours spilled into the Little River, as well as its tributaries and canals around the N.C.

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