Posts tagged N.C. Forest Service

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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News Roundup: June 21-27

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “NC Ag Officials In Europe,” News Radio 570 WWNC: The State’s Agriculture Commissioner is on an overseas tour this […]

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Southern pine beetle trapping indicates a low infestation year for NC

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 beetle infestations in the state this year. That is good news because the southern pine beetle […]

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Flying purple beetle eaters: Emerald ash borer traps hung across the state

You may have already seen them along roadsides: 3-feet-tall purple prisms, hanging in trees. No, there’s not a child crying somewhere about his lost kite. These are traps for the emerald ash borer, an invasive tree-killing insect detected in North Carolina for the first time last year. Between 1,300 and 1,400 traps are currently being […]

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Annual southern pine beetle trapping season comes to a close

The southern pine beetle is a small insect capable of causing catastrophic damages in pine forests. In the past several years, “the most destructive pest in the South” has caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damages [Forest Heath Technology Enterprise Team report 2014]. The N.C. Forest Service monitors populations of the beetle each spring to […]

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April tornadoes bring damage to N.C. forests

In the past several weeks, severe storms plagued North Carolina, leaving paths of destruction behind. Tornadoes, high winds, hail and flooding can all cause major damages to forest trees, urban and shade trees, and structures. Last week, the N.C. Forest Service aerially surveyed counties affected by tornadoes in the northeastern part of the state. During […]

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News Roundup: April 26-May 2

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “With planting season, slow-moving farm equipment returns to NC roads,” News & Observer: It’s planting season for farmers, and […]

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N.C. Forest Service participating in parade to honor fallen comrades

Two men who died while serving with the N.C. Forest Service in the 1950s will be among 11 firefighters honored during the N.C. Fallen Firefighter Foundation’s Annual Parade of Honor and Memorial Service on Saturday, May 3, in Raleigh. Fire departments from across the state will participate in the event. James A. Kennedy, a firefighting […]

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Emerald ash borer-fighting wasps continue to be released

Almost a year ago, the emerald ash borer was detected in North Carolina for the first time. The invasive beetle, which bores into and kills ash trees, was found in four N.C. counties in 2013 (Granville, Person, Vance and Warren). From September to early November of last year, the N.C. Forest Service released wasps to […]

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