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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

Stressed Out by Hurricanes!

By on October 24, 2018

Within the last month, back to back Hurricanes Florence and Michael have created stress on communities throughout our state and across the Southeast. While the loss of life and livelihoods are always of primary concern, many people have also had to

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