N.C. Forest Service

The N.C. Forest Service protects, manages and promotes forest resources for the citizens of North Carolina.

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting the right tree in the right place

By on April 29, 2022

Spring is more than just a season between March and mid-June. It’s also a verb that means “to rise, move or leap.” These words also describe human activity as they reemerge from the winter months and cold temperatures by partaking

Fighting fire with fire: why we need to burn the land

By on April 4, 2022

Many people associate fire with destruction, devastation and loss. Large clouds of smoke, burly orange blazes, tree limbs snapping and ash falling like snow are some of the images we’ve all seen that contribute to the “fire is bad” perception.

NCFS County Ranger Rob Montague

N.C. Forest Service County Ranger Robert Montague receives the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Customer Service

By on January 31, 2022

North Carolina Forest Service Granville-Vance Area Ranger Robert Montague is a recent recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Customer Service – one of the state’s highest honors. The service aspect of his job is exactly what drives Montague.

Poolside Pests: Checking your pool filters this summer can save North Carolina’s trees

By on May 26, 2021

Guest authors: Courtney Smith and Kelly Oten, NCSU Extension As the weather gets warmer in North Carolina, it’s clear that summer is upon us. Many people enjoy what summer brings — the warm weather, vacations and relaxing by the pool!

Look out for the spotted lanternfly, a bug that threatens fruit and wine!

By on May 20, 2021

Guest authors: Courtney Smith and Kelly Oten, NCSU Extension You won’t like the spotted lanternfly if you like to sit under the shade of trees, enjoy fruits such as apples, sip wine or work in the garden. The spotted lanternfly

Save our trees. Be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle!

By on May 19, 2021

Guest authors: Courtney Smith and Kelly Oten, NCSU Extension Gorgeous, vibrant maple trees are a common sight in North Carolina. These trees are some of the first to show fall color, painting our landscape. They are the second most common

Pine straw on the forest floor

ForestHer NC helping forest landowners tackle nontimber forest products and agritourism

By on May 10, 2021

According to data recently published by N.C. State Extension, the forest sector contributed $34.9 billion to the North Carolina economy in 2019 and held its place as the top employer among manufacturing sectors in the state. Growing by roughly $1

Two volunteers make headway at Headwaters, cleaning up trash and inspiring others to do the same

By on April 22, 2021

Earth Day is a time for each of us to reflect on how our lives impact the planet, our environment. We can think about and commit to new clean and green practices that reduce our carbon footprints, one step at

Plant and care for trees on Arbor Day … and every day

By on March 18, 2021

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” Thomas Fuller Arbor Day was established as a tree-planting holiday in 1872. The first Arbor Day was celebrated in glorious fashion when more than a million trees were planted in Nebraska. Today,

N.C. Forest Service to build on 2020 accomplishments and continue advancing sustainable forestry in North Carolina

By on February 11, 2021

While 2020 proved to be one of the most challenging years we have faced, it was also a year of opportunities and accomplishments for the N.C. Forest Service. COVID-19 brought much of the world and much of our lives to