N.C. Forest Service

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

Pines don’t lose leaves in the fall. Or, do they?

By on November 2, 2020

Everyone knows that autumn is the time for trees to turn colors and lose their leaves. Thousands of families pack their cars and drive out to the country to see colorful hardwood foliage as trees prepare for winter. But, what

Forest sector delivers big for North Carolina

By on October 22, 2020

Trees are amazing. They help clean our air and water. They provide essential habitat for wildlife and cool swaths of shade during those hot Carolina summers. From the mountains to the sea in North Carolina, forestland provides the outdoor escape

2020 National Champion chalk maple (Acer leucoderme) in Gaston County

Two of North Carolina’s newest national champs are BIG… trees!

By on October 15, 2020

American Forests’ National Register of Champion Trees began as a national competition with one goal in mind; to discover and preserve the largest living specimens of American tree species. This goal stemmed from a desire to protect and preserve these

Experience the splendor of fall in a North Carolina state forest

By on October 7, 2020

Crisp air, zero humidity, leaf fall and pumpkins are all signs of the time when summer transitions to fall in North Carolina. It’s no surprise that North Carolinians and out-of-staters alike turn to the great outdoors in North Carolina this

Willow oak rooted in Wake County holds potential as future Champion Tree

By on September 17, 2020

Since 1928, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds complex in Raleigh, North Carolina has been the backdrop for the crowning of numerous champions and ribbon winners. The latest contender is unique in that the Fairgrounds complex serves as more than just

Cicada killer wasps in North Carolina commonly mistaken for “murder hornets”

By on September 2, 2020

With the widespread news about discovery in Washington state of a few Asian giant hornets also notoriously dubbed “murder hornets,” it comes as no shock that many North Carolinians are wary of large wasps. However, if you see a cicada

N.C. Forest Service collaborates with USDA Forest Service to monitor the spread of laurel wilt

By on August 19, 2020

Since 2002, nearly all redbay trees have been disappearing in areas south of North Carolina. First detected in Georgia, the nonnative redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus, carried these redbay trees to their dooms by introducing a deadly fungus. While the

Green Invaders: Invasive Plants in North Carolina

By on July 29, 2020

If you’ve spent time outdoors in North Carolina, you have likely spotted some “green invaders” whether you knew it or not. We’re not talking about aliens from outer space, but invasive plants that sneak into our state, displacing our native

Happy National Moth Week!

By on July 22, 2020

When it comes to forest health, moths don’t always have the greatest reputation. The gypsy moth, fall webworm, and forest tent caterpillar are just a few examples of moths that can be damaging to forests. Still, moths are incredibly diverse,

Increased Occurrence of Pitch Canker in White Pine this Summer

By on July 15, 2020

If you notice oozing clear or red resin and discolored needles on your pine trees, pitch canker could be the culprit. Pitch canker is a widespread fungal disease of pines in North Carolina. Longleaf, loblolly, and slash pine are commonly