Posts tagged N.C. Forest Service

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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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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Today’s Topic: Spring wildfire season

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This time of year, many people get back into their yards to do spring cleaning, which often includes burning leaves and yard debris. Commissioner Troxler encourages residents to think safety first because this time of year also […]

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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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Public-private partnership making headway on Headwaters conservation effort

A public-private partnership to conserve nearly 8,000 acres along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Transylvania County is making progress. The N.C. Forest Service acquired more than 3,200 acres of working forestland and a significant section of the headwaters of the French Broad River’s east fork in 2013, the NCDA&CS, The Conservation Fund […]

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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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