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N.C. Forest Service to build on 2020 accomplishments and continue advancing sustainable forestry in North Carolina

By on February 11, 2021

While 2020 proved to be one of the most challenging years we have faced, it was also a year of opportunities and accomplishments for the N.C. Forest Service. COVID-19 brought much of the world and much of our lives to

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

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

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

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

2017 southern pine beetle populations low this year; few areas expecting increasing populations

By on July 12, 2017

The insect that is dubbed “the most destructive forest pest in the South” does not look nearly as ominous as it is. Smaller than a grain of rice, the southern pine beetle is small but packs a big punch. The

2015: N.C.’s Forest Health Year-In-Review

By on December 30, 2015

North Carolina is well-known for its beautiful forests that cover a majority of the state. From being known as “the land of the pines” to being a favorite vacation spot for fall leaf season, our state is home to trees that

When Beetles Attack: Predicting Southern pine beetle outbreaks

By on March 11, 2015

When you think of the “most destructive pest in the South,” you may not envision a beetle the size of a grain of rice. But that’s how big it is. The Southern pine beetle is considered the worst of the

2014: Forest Health Year-In-Review

By on December 31, 2014

The beauty and productivity of North Carolina’s forests have historically been challenged by a variety of threats.  Healthy forests are generally accustomed to pests and conditions that are native to the area where they grow. Outbreaks of common pests may occur

Southern pine beetle trapping indicates a low infestation year for NC

By on June 18, 2014

Southern pine beetle traps, which were set across the state this spring by N.C. Forest Service district staff and others, have given us some good news! According to the trapping results, there will likely be a low number of southern pine