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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

You’re not from around here, are ya? Invasive species are a worldwide issue

By on March 27, 2019

There are several strangers in a strange land here in North Carolina. In fact, the majority of our worst forest pests are non-native invasive species. In the 1990s, the tree-killing hemlock woolly adelgid was first found in N.C. and can

Small but Mighty: Southern pine beetle trapping underway

By on March 6, 2019

Although it is smaller than a grain of rice, the southern pine beetle is dubbed the ‘most destructive forest pest in the South’. Each year, the N.C. Forest Service tries to predict if there will be an outbreak of this

Laurel wilt found in Lenoir County for first time

By on February 7, 2019

Big things come in small packages, and that is certainly true in the case of laurel wilt disease, though not in a good way. The tree-killing disease has already killed an estimated half a billion redbay trees across the Southeast.

Walnut twig beetle & thousand cankers disease stay confined to Haywood County

By on January 9, 2019

In 2012, thousand cankers disease was confirmed in North Carolina for the first time. The invasive disease, responsible for killing walnut trees in walnut groves in the western U.S. and as a new introduction to eastern Tennessee at the time,

Longleaf Honor Roll recipients

By on January 3, 2019

The N.C. Longleaf Coalition recently honored Terry Sharpe, as well as Anne and Fletcher Wright as new members of the North Carolina Longleaf Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes landowners who are working to improve their stands and balance all

Undecking the Halls: Proper Christmas tree disposal

By on January 2, 2019

With the holidays behind us, the 30 million Christmas trees that had their time to shine, glow, and stand over presents all season need a place to go. To anyone who has had an emergence of praying mantises in their

The health of our forests: 2018 year-in-review

By on December 27, 2018

Each year, the beautiful forests of our state encounter risks from various threats.  The significance of native pests vary by year, but the threat from invasive pests is only increasing with time. Some, such as the hemlock woolly adelgid and the

Tubakia, or not Tubakia? That is the Question.

By on October 31, 2018

Recently, oak trees throughout North Carolina are falling victim to a disease, evident by browning leaves  and premature leaf drop. When encountering a situation like this, forest health professionals handle it like a detective case, examining the available evidence, ruling