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A Bird’s Eye View: Aerial surveyors map timber damage from Hurricane Florence

By on October 1, 2018

As one of the top 10 most damaging hurricanes, Hurricane Florence dealt North Carolina a staggering blow in September 2018.  As Florence battered North Carolina’s coast, it brought wind gusts of more than 100 mph, a pre-landfall storm surge that

When it comes to incident response, it’s all about Brotherhood

By on September 25, 2018

By Carrie Harmon MOREHEAD CITY- “Upbeat but tired”, “Same people there every day”, “Putting in long hours” and “Very appreciative” are some of the phrases used to describe the multitude of firefighters from different departments scattered across Carteret County responding

Saving North Carolina’s Urban Ash Trees

By on August 8, 2018

In 2013, the emerald ash borer made its debut in North Carolina. The devastation of forests north and northwest caused by this invasive beetle was already well-known, so its discovery was met with dread. The ash forests were dying, and

Bagworms on the Move

By on August 1, 2018

Everyone expects pinecones to fall to the ground and stay put, so when one encounters a small ‘pinecone’ crawling across the ground, it is often met with surprise! Since when did pinecones have legs!? Fear not: evolution hasn’t taken us

Guess Who’s Back: Yellow-poplar leaf mining weevil returns 3 years after last outbreak

By on June 27, 2018

In 2015, an outbreak of the yellow-poplar leaf mining weevil caused widespread browning and defoliation of yellow-poplar trees in western N.C. The event was unexpected, as this native insect causes insignificant damage most years. Now, three years later, this weevil

Caring in Cary: Protecting unique hemlocks from a tiny tree-killing insect

By on June 20, 2018

Nestled in Cary, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is home to an isolated population of more than 200 eastern hemlock trees. Hemlocks, primarily found in the mountains, are long-lived evergreens prized in nature for their vital role in the ecosystem and

Disease of Leyland Cypress on the Rise

By on June 13, 2018

Leyland cypress is a popular tree in North Carolina landscapes. Desired for its fast growth and evergreen needles, it makes an ideal wind or privacy screen. However, it can’t serve that purpose very well if branches are dying. Unfortunately, that’s

Season Confusion: Fall webworm making its debut

By on June 6, 2018

It may seem early to be talking about fall, but the fall webworm is already beginning to rear its ugly web. Called the fall webworm because the web nests in which it makes its home are highly visible in the

Deadly Laurel Wilt Disease Found in Sassafras for the First Time in N.C.

By on May 23, 2018

In 2002, an uninvited guest made itself at home in the U.S. when the redbay ambrosia beetle was unintentionally introduced near Savannah, GA. By itself, the beetle would probably not be a big deal. However, it carries with it a

Pictured is a late-stage spotted lanternfly nymph.

The Spotted Lanternfly: Spotted in Virginia

By on April 25, 2018

And we need your help to spot it here! In 2013, the emerald ash borer was found for the first time in N.C.  Now, a mere 5 years later, it can be found in a third of our state. The