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Green Invaders: Invasive Plants in North Carolina

By on July 29, 2020

If you’ve spent time outdoors in North Carolina, you have likely spotted some “green invaders” whether you knew it or not. We’re not talking about aliens from outer space, but invasive plants that sneak into our state, displacing our native

Happy National Moth Week!

By on July 22, 2020

When it comes to forest health, moths don’t always have the greatest reputation. The gypsy moth, fall webworm, and forest tent caterpillar are just a few examples of moths that can be damaging to forests. Still, moths are incredibly diverse,

Increased Occurrence of Pitch Canker in White Pine this Summer

By on July 15, 2020

If you notice oozing clear or red resin and discolored needles on your pine trees, pitch canker could be the culprit. Pitch canker is a widespread fungal disease of pines in North Carolina. Longleaf, loblolly, and slash pine are commonly

Keep an Eye Out: Asian Longhorned Beetle Closer to North Carolina than Ever Before

By on June 24, 2020

A 17-year cicada emergence, forest tent caterpillar outbreak, and global pandemic isn’t all that 2020 has to offer. On June 15th, Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the Asian longhorned beetle, an

State Forests offer great options for Father’s Day outings

By on June 18, 2020

Father’s Day is just a couple of days away, and North Carolina’s state forests are great options for dads to get outside with their families. There are 10 state forests throughout the state – all managed by the N.C. Forest

Another Snack: Forest Tent Caterpillar Returns for Sixth Year of Defoliation

By on June 17, 2020

The year 2020 is bringing plenty of surprises, but another forest tent caterpillar defoliation is not one of them. For the sixth year in a row, the forest tent caterpillar is causing damage along the Roanoke and Chowan Rivers and

Monarch Butterflies Passing through North Carolina as they Return from Mexico

By on June 3, 2020

As North Carolinians spend time outdoors enjoying nature, they might spot some beautiful monarch butterflies heading back from a winter vacation in Mexico. Each fall, monarchs in the United States and Canada embark on a long journey to overwintering destinations:

17 Years in the Making: Periodical Cicadas Emerging in North Carolina

By on May 27, 2020

Along with donning face masks, some North Carolinians may also be wearing earplugs! After nearly two decades underground, a wave of periodical cicadas is beginning to emerge this month and they will be a noisy bunch! Last spotted in 2003,

The adult spotted lanternfly is shown in this picture.

Help Us Spot the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly!

By on March 25, 2020

As its area of infestation grows, North Carolinians should be on the lookout and report sightings of the spotted lanternfly! The spotted lanternfly is sure to draw looks with its vibrant coloration and speckled pattern. By most accounts, it’s a

An Ash Worth Saving: Program protects trees from invasive beetle

By on January 15, 2020

Seven years ago, the emerald ash borer was first found in North Carolina. Its discovery was met with dread. This invasive beetle had already become notorious by devastating the forests in the Midwest and Northeast. We knew it killed trees