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.

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

NC Forest Service officers recognized as 2014 Arson Investigative Team of the Year

By on November 24, 2014

Law enforcement officers with the N.C. Forest Service were named the 2014 Investigative Team of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators at the N.C./S.C. Arson Conference in Myrtle Beach. The event was

N.C. Forest Service’s Greg Cox receives 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence

By on November 21, 2014

Greg Cox, mechanic supervisor with the N.C. Forest Service, was recently awarded a Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Efficiency and Innovation at a ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History. He was nominated for devising a program to save money

Bladen Lakes State Forest, Elizabethtown Fire Department reach deal on land for training

By on September 3, 2014

The N.C. Forest Service and the Elizabethtown Fire Department have worked out a deal that will allow for a 10-acre fire-training facility to be built on Bladen Lakes State Forest. The idea of putting a training facility at the forest

N.C. Forest Service participating in parade to honor fallen comrades

By on May 2, 2014

Two men who died while serving with the N.C. Forest Service in the 1950s will be among 11 firefighters honored during the N.C. Fallen Firefighter Foundation’s Annual Parade of Honor and Memorial Service on Saturday, May 3, in Raleigh. Fire