Archive for Forestry Files

Naturally spooky: Spanish moss

Spanish moss is an icon of beauty in the Southeast. However, this drooping, hair-like plant might make some people’s hair stand on end! It summons a somewhat creepy vibe, one that can be especially appreciated with Halloween lurking around the corner. And let’s be honest– when one envisions a haunted Southern plantation, it’s not quite […]

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Emerald ash borer trapping: No new counties detected

As we head into the fall season full of football, autumn colors and Thanksgiving, we already have one thing to be thankful for:  summer trapping for the emerald ash borer did not detect the invasive, tree-killing beetle in any new counties in the state. But don’t get too excited just yet. Although 2014 trapping did […]

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Coming soon to a tree near you! (Maybe.)

North Carolina has its fair share of invasive insects and diseases that threaten to destroy our natural resources. In 2011, laurel wilt was first found in the state. In 2012, thousand cankers disease was found. And in 2013, the first detection of the emerald ash borer was made. But what does the future hold? Will […]

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Bladen Lakes State Forest, Elizabethtown Fire Department reach deal on land for training

The N.C. Forest Service and the Elizabethtown Fire Department have worked out a deal that will allow for a 10-acre fire-training facility to be built on Bladen Lakes State Forest. The idea of putting a training facility at the forest came out of a monthly Bladen County Firefighters Association meeting a few years ago, said […]

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Taking care of your lawn also means taking care of your trees

It’s summer in North Carolina and that means many homeowners are pulling out the mowers on a regular basis to keep their grass trimmed throughout the growing season. While mowers may make your lawns look great though, they have the potential to make your trees look terrible.  Mowers and trimmers have the potential to damage […]

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Blogging from the fireline

With humid conditions, the summer months are typically less active for the North Carolina Forest Service in terms of battling wildfires. However, the same isn’t true for other parts of the country. As part of a cooperative agreement, the N.C. Forest Service has been dispatching employees to assist with suppressing wildfires in the western United […]

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Invasive insect vs. invasive plant: The kudzu bug and kudzu

Kudzu. You’ve probably heard of and seen this climbing vine that can cover, smother and kill other plants. The kudzu bug is an insect that may feed on not only kudzu, but other legumes as well. It may sound like a biological control effort gone awry, but the story is quite the opposite. Kudzu was […]

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Some insects have the gall to deform plant structures

Have you ever seen an abnormal swelling or structure on a plant that normally shouldn’t be there? It probably caused you to scratch your head and wonder what was going on. And if it’s on an ornamental tree in your yard, you probably thought that swelling did not look so swell. It’s possible you were […]

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The Butterfly Effect: The impact of an invasive disease on native butterfly populations

Laurel wilt disease, a disease caused by a fungal pathogen, has already had major impacts on redbay trees across the Southeast. The pathogen is spread from tree to tree by the non-native redbay ambrosia beetle, a small insect that seeks out healthy redbays. A single beetle attacking a tree can spell doom and trees may […]

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S’mores, hot dogs and invasive species: Don’t move firewood for summer campouts

Ahhh … in case going outside into the sauna-like heat hasn’t reminded you, summer has officially arrived! Kids are out of school, meaning it’s a time to go to the pool, a time to relax and, for some families, a time to take a family vacation.  Many families may opt to explore the great outdoors […]

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