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Have Fungus, Will Travel: Tree-killing disease jumps to Tennessee and Kentucky

By on August 7, 2019

An unwelcome sight has plagued our coastal forests for years now. Dead redbay trees line the roadways and mar our coastal forests in southeastern N.C. These trees are dead because of an invader—a non-native fungus carried from tree to tree

Busy Summer for Invasive Tree-Killer: Emerald ash borer detected in 11 new counties since May

By on July 19, 2019

Summer is often full of plans, but no one has been busier this year than the emerald ash borer. Although small, this invasive beetle is killing countless ash trees across the state. Since May, it has been confirmed in 11

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

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

New scale insect threatens the South’s beloved crape myrtle

By on January 25, 2017

The crape myrtle is a fan favorite in the southern landscape. Across the region, its pink, lavender, red and white flowers can be spotted along streets, in cities, parks and yards. They are loved for their gorgeous flowers and smooth

Thousand Cankers Disease Stays Put for Another Year in NC

By on December 21, 2016

From late summer through early November, the N.C. Forest Services’ Forest Health staff, the Plant Industry Division, and cooperators with the Duke Forest set and monitored 104 traps across the state with the intent of detecting the walnut twig beetle

BugFest visitors hear the buzz about firewood

By on September 21, 2016

On Sept. 17, 30,000 visitors swarmed BugFest, an annual event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. While many are adventurous and take a bite out of dishes with six-legged ingredients, the N.C. Forest Service and Plant Industry

Emerald ash borer on the move: Four new counties positive for the tree-killing beetle

By on July 27, 2016

Across the state, North Carolinians are packing their bags and going on their summer vacations. Roads are full of families driving to the beautiful N.C. beaches, charming Piedmont destinations and the awe-inspiring mountains. But vacationers aren’t the only ones on

It’s all about the S’more

By on May 18, 2016

Sweet summertime, fireflies, campfires and roasted marshmallows. They just go together. School will be out soon and camping will commence. When making your checklist for items to bring on your camping trip, there’s one that should be left off the list

And it spreads: Laurel wilt found in Onslow County for first time

By on January 27, 2016

Laurel wilt is a devastating non-native disease of redbay trees and other plants in the laurel family in the southeastern U.S. Native to Southeast Asia, it was first detected near Savannah, Ga., in the early 2000s and has since spread