Forest Health

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

The adult spotted lanternfly is shown in this picture.

Help Us Spot the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly!

By on March 25, 2020

As its area of infestation grows, North Carolinians should be on the lookout and report sightings of the spotted lanternfly! The spotted lanternfly is sure to draw looks with its vibrant coloration and speckled pattern. By most accounts, it’s a

An Ash Worth Saving: Program protects trees from invasive beetle

By on January 15, 2020

Seven years ago, the emerald ash borer was first found in North Carolina. Its discovery was met with dread. This invasive beetle had already become notorious by devastating the forests in the Midwest and Northeast. We knew it killed trees

The health of our forests: 2019 year-in-review

By on January 1, 2020

North Carolina is home to beautiful forests which encounter risks from various threats each year.  The significance of native pests vary by year, but the threat from invasive pests is only increasing with time. The N.C. Forest Service (NCFS) Forest

Foresters for ForestHER: Why NCFS supports a new educational initiative for landowners

By on December 11, 2019

In 2019, a new outreach initiative brought together partners across North Carolina, including the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS), to offer ForestHER NC. NCFS is proud to be a part of this effort as our mission is to assist forest

Hurricane Dorian & Our Trees: Minor Immediate Impact, Implications for Long-term Impacts to Tree Health

By on September 11, 2019

After devastating the Bahamas and other Caribbean Islands before turning north and skirting the eastern U.S. coast, Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Cape Hatteras in North Carolina on Sept. 6, 2019 as a Category 1 storm. A four-to-seven-foot storm surge

No Calm after the Storm: Water Stress, Drought, and Mortality in Forest Trees in Eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Florence

By on August 29, 2019

It’s been almost a year since Hurricane Florence slammed our coast, yet many effects from the onslaught still linger. One of these is in our forests. Many factors can cause stress in trees, sometimes leading to their death, and in

Have Fungus, Will Travel: Tree-killing disease jumps to Tennessee and Kentucky

By on August 7, 2019

An unwelcome sight has plagued our coastal forests for years now. Dead redbay trees line the roadways and mar our coastal forests in southeastern N.C. These trees are dead because of an invader—a non-native fungus carried from tree to tree

Busy Summer for Invasive Tree-Killer: Emerald ash borer detected in 11 new counties since May

By on July 19, 2019

Summer is often full of plans, but no one has been busier this year than the emerald ash borer. Although small, this invasive beetle is killing countless ash trees across the state. Since May, it has been confirmed in 11

Here We Go Again! Forest Tent Caterpillar Outbreak Continues for Fifth Year

By on June 5, 2019

The forest tent caterpillar strikes again! Just after getting them this spring, trees along the Roanoke River, Chowan River, and Lake Waccamaw once again lost their leaves. The very hungry caterpillar responsible for this defoliation, the forest tent caterpillar, is

A Last Meal: Blackheaded ash sawfly munches while it still can

By on May 8, 2019

Countless native insects feed upon our forest trees each year. Typically, their feeding is so minor, it goes undetected and has no long-term effect on tree health. When pest populations do rise, these sporadic and often small outbreaks are unusual