Archive for Forestry Files

The beautiful Bradford pear: In the eye of the beholder

After months of cold, ice and snowpocalypses, the first signs of spring are a welcome sight to North Carolina. Along with tulips popping their pretty heads up, the white, fluffy flowers of the Bradford pear tree are among the first bloomers, alerting North Carolinians that warmer weather lies just ahead. Yes, North Carolina, spring has […]

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Excellence in Action Award presented for cogongrass early detection and rapid response

Two employees of the North Carolina Forest Service were honored at the N.C. Invasive Plant Council’s Annual Meeting with the Excellence in Action Award for their keen eyes and quick reactions to control what many experts consider to be one of the world’s worst weed species. While assisting a landowner in Stanly County, Forester Tom […]

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Winter laurel wilt survey results: Minimum range expansion documented

As some trees fight for the arrival of spring by beginning to produce buds, the laurel wilt winter survey season comes to a close. Laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has already been found in six N.C. counties. The disease is best surveyed for in the winter […]

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N.C. Forest Service takes to the air to survey for winter storm damage

The mid-February return of the winter vortex caused significant snowfall in much of the state and chaos in urban areas like Durham and Raleigh. But the now infamous photo of a car on fire on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh was not the only destruction caused by the storm. According to the National Weather Service, ice […]

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A wasp biosurveillance program provides new way to monitor for emerald ash borer, other pests

You may have already heard about the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) and the havoc it is wreaking throughout the Midwest, Eastern U.S. and Canada. It is a beetle belonging to the family Buprestidae (metallic-wood-boring beetles), which contains a number of tree pests. Unfortunately, new infestations of EAB are often not detected until they are […]

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Leaves as a clue: Surveying for laurel wilt disease

Along with the frigid temperatures we’ve seen lately, the bare branches of trees around us serve as a reminder that we are still deep in the throes of winter. But not all branches have shed their leaves. Some trees are evergreen while others, such as the American beech, retain their light brown leaves until late […]

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Brrrrrutal cold snap may reduce forest pest populations

Last week, parts of the U.S. saw record low temperatures. The brutal cold snap caused power outages, highway closures and school delays. But humans weren’t the only ones shivering and dreaming of vacations in Mexico … the bone-chilling temperatures were also exoskeleton-chilling for many insects. The emerald ash borer, an invasive tree-killing beetle first found […]

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Nature’s acorn drop

It’s the New Year and the City of Oaks welcomed 2014 with the annual acorn drop. Each year, a large, copper acorn is lowered in downtown Raleigh at midnight amongst fireworks, music and festivities. But the big, shiny acorn at First Night Raleigh isn’t the only acorn dropping. Each fall, countless acorns drop from oak […]

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Finding emerald ash borer in the winter—what to look for

Since the emerald ash borer was first found in North Carolina last summer, forestry and plant health specialists have been on the lookout to determine the extent and spread of this tree killing pest.  Keeping track of the presence and movement of emerald ash borer is important in the understanding of the pest and developing […]

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Nature’s Grinch: Balsam woolly adelgid bullies N.C. Christmas trees

The N.C. Fraser fir is the most popular Christmas tree around. It has been dubbed the “Nation’s Best” by the National Christmas Tree Association and has been selected as the official White House Christmas tree more than any other tree. Each year, millions of homes become more festive with ornamented N.C. Fraser firs. North Carolina […]

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