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Forest Health

Forest Health includes regular contributions from Forest Health Monitoring Coordinator Kelly Oten and other NC Forest Service Forest Health personnel.

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The health of our forests: 2016 year-in-review

By on December 28, 2016

Between the destruction of Hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of the state and the relentlessness of the many fires in the West, North Carolina has seen its fair share of natural disasters this year. Damage caused by insects and

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Thousand Cankers Disease Stays Put for Another Year in NC

By on December 21, 2016

From late summer through early November, the N.C. Forest Services’ Forest Health staff, the Plant Industry Division, and cooperators with the Duke Forest set and monitored 104 traps across the state with the intent of detecting the walnut twig beetle

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It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

By on November 16, 2016

Fall definitely appears to be in full swing in North Carolina! The leaves are showing their beautiful colors and the weather is starting to get chilly. We can finally start putting the yard chores to rest until spring…. whew! But

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Saving ‘old man’s beard’: Protecting white fringetree from the emerald ash borer

By on November 2, 2016

It’s the beginning of November and the stubble has begun! In case you haven’t noticed the trend in recent years, the month of November has turned into “no shave November” or “Movember” for many men. It’s a month devoted to

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Hurricane Matthew: What does flooding mean for N.C.’s forests?

By on October 12, 2016

Hurricane Matthew dealt a record-breaking punch to North Carolina this past weekend. Waters continue to rise in parts of Eastern North Carolina, breaking flooding records and causing road closures and property damage. To many who were here then, the ongoing

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What’s hiding in the leaves?

By on October 5, 2016

Fall is here! It’s time to get excited about cooler temperatures, football and of course, the dreaded raking of leaves from all the beautiful trees surrounding your home. If you need motivation in the task, just think about the attractive

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BugFest visitors hear the buzz about firewood

By on September 21, 2016

On Sept. 17, 30,000 visitors swarmed BugFest, an annual event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. While many are adventurous and take a bite out of dishes with six-legged ingredients, the N.C. Forest Service and Plant Industry

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The black locust tree gets bronze

By on September 14, 2016

The Summer Olympics may be over, but there is one more bronze to give out.  In parts of western N.C., hillsides covered in black locust trees are turning bronze. Despite the remaining summer temperatures, it looks like early fall color

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Summer ‘snow’: Woolly pine scale in N.C. trees

By on August 31, 2016

In recent years, pine trees in North Carolina have seen their fair share of ice storms, polar vortexes, and snow and ice weight in the cold winter months. Trees are safe from these threats in the heat of the summer,

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Strong as an Oak: Trees should be OK against seasonal pest

By on August 17, 2016

Summer is winding down, which means backpacks, No. 2 pencils, and the orangestriped oakworms are back! This native caterpillar is black with orange stripes and has two conspicuous horns near its head. Every year as we head into the last few