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Testing the Waters: Searching for a Tree-Killing Disease Hiding in N.C.’s Streams

By on April 4, 2018

In 2004, an uninvited guest was found for the first time in North Carolina when plants infected with the sudden oak death pathogen were discovered in several nurseries. Apprehension grew quickly, as sudden oak death is responsible for the devastation

Let the trapping begin! Southern pine beetle trapping is underway in N.C.

By on March 14, 2018

With last year’s active southern pine beetle outbreaks across the southeastern U.S., it is increasingly important to forecast if the “most destructive pest in the South” will again rear it’s ugly head. One of the ways to predict this is

Laurel wilt found in Cumberland County

By on February 28, 2018

They say “don’t sweat the small stuff”, but as laurel wilt continues to spread in North Carolina, some may begin to question that advice. A microscopic fungal spore carried by a beetle about the size of a poppy seed is

Southern pine beetle on the rise across the South

By on February 14, 2018

Smaller than a grain of rice, the southern pine beetle (SPB) is considered “the most destructive forest pest in the South”. This menacing label appropriately reflects the devastation it can cause, with outbreaks capable of costing millions of dollars between

Even a Tree has its Ups and Downs: Weather fluctuations & tree health

By on January 10, 2018

Furnaces are cranking and fireplaces are roaring as cold weather gets a firm grip on North Carolina. If you’ve been in North Carolina long though, you are probably already hoping for and expecting a reprieve with warmer weather. Unfortunately, while

The health of our forests: 2017 year-in-review

By on December 27, 2017

Every year, the beautiful forests of our state are at risk from ominous threats.  Native insects come and go in significance, but the threat from invasive insects is only increasing with time. Some, such as the hemlock woolly adelgid and the

Halloween is over, but beware the devil’s riding horse!

By on December 13, 2017

Although Halloween has come and gone, you may still run across the devil’s riding horse!  What is this you may ask?  It is not a headless horseman or some similar apparition but instead is a native insect observed this fall

How the Bug Stole Christmas: Balsam woolly adelgid and America’s favorite Christmas tree

By on November 29, 2017

  The most popular Christmas tree in the U.S. is a tree native to the mountains of western North Carolina.  Often called the “Cadillac of Christmas trees” and dubbed the “Nation’s Best” by the National Christmas Tree Association, Fraser fir

DIY Sticky Bands Can Protect Trees from Cankerworms in the Spring

By on November 15, 2017

Turkey will be the main course for many North Carolinians next week as we celebrate Thanksgiving.  After the kitchen is cleaned up however, there’s no time to rest.  Instead, it’s time to worry about another main course which you won’t

Rake your leaves for healthier trees

By on November 8, 2017

Fall in North Carolina is a beautiful sight.  With red maple, ginkgo, and redbud among the many colorful trees in our state, the diverse forests of North Carolina are a sight to behold each autumn season.  You may not be