State law requires citizens to notify the Forestry Commission before burning outdoors. Find your county's burn notification hotline here.

Hurricane Matthew approaches the U.S. coast Statewide burning ban lifted for all counties

State Forester Gene Kodama has lifted the statewide burning ban, effective immediately. Forestry Commission officials still urge vigilance when burning outdoors. The ban was issued last Wednesday because of the limited availability of statewide firefighting resources and personnel, many of whom had been deployed to eastern counties for hurricane evacuation, response, assessment and/or cleanup.




Seedling killed from standing water.
Certified Prescribed Fire Manager courses scheduled statewide

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is offering training for individuals seeking to be a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Certification can reduce the liability for those conducting outdoor burning. Training sessions are scheduled as follows:
Oct. 11, 2016 - Columbia (postponed because of hurricane)
Oct. 26, 2016 - Florence
Nov. 15, 2016 - Moncks Corner
Jan. 11, 2017 - Columbia

Certification, which can reduce liability for those conducting outdoor burning, requires that individuals complete the one-day training, pass a written exam, and document one’s burning experience. Each session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and close by 5 p.m. with an administered test. To register for the course, please complete the registration form at cpfm.htm, and mail it with your $50 registration fee. Applications are accepted on a first come-first served basis. The deadline for registration is three weeks before the course.


Arborists at work.
Will my trees survive after the hurricane?

Hurricane Matthew damaged forests and community trees across large portions of South Carolina. Homeowners face the dilemma of deciding whether a tree can be saved or whether it is damaged beyond repair. The information and links in this article will help guide you in assessing the impact of storm damage to your trees so you can better determine your treatment options.






Current Wildland Fires in South Carolina

Current Burning Notifications

Today's Fire Weather

South Carolina's Firewise Program

Recent Presentations

Seedlings for Sale

Current Timber Price Reports

Current State Land Timber Sales - Upcoming timber sales on state owned forestland.

Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)


State of South Carolina's Forests Fact Sheet (pdf)

Forest Products Fact Sheet (pdf)

Economic Impact of SC Forests -Analysis (pdf)

Forestry Impact by Numbers (pdf)

South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)

SC Forest Inventory and Analysis 2012
(pdf) Tables (pdf)

SC Timber Products Output and Use, 2011
(pdf) Tables (pdf)

State Forest Sustainable Commitment Statement (pdf)

South Carolina Forestry's 2015 Project

South Carolina Forest Resource Assessment (Forest Action Plan)

Primary Forest Industry Directory - list of all wood and paper manufacturing industries in the state.

Income Tax Deduction for Timber Casualty Loss (pdf)

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners (pdf)

Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window)

A Landowners Guide to Forestry in South Carolina - (pdf)


Forestry Commission's Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report (pdf)


Employment Opportunities (opens in a new window)

How to Report a Wildfire

How to Report Woods Arson

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The mission of the South Carolina Forestry Commission is to protect, promote, enhance, and nurture the forest lands of South Carolina in a manner consistent with achieving the greatest good for its citizens.

Responsibilities extend to all forest lands, both rural and urban, and to all associated forest values and amenities including, but not limited to, timber, wildlife, water quality, air quality, soil protection, recreation, and aesthetics.

SC State Government Home Page

South Carolina Forestry Commission
5500 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: 803-896-8800
Fax: 803-798-8097

The South Carolina Forestry Commission and the USDA Forest Service prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination with the SC Forestry Commission contact the Human Resources Director, SC Forestry Commission, P.O. Box 21707, Columbia, SC 29221, or call (803)896-8879.
Both the USDA and the Forestry Commission are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Due to security and computer virus protection, your email inquiry may be perceived as "spam" and not delivered to the intended recipient. Be advised: If you do not receive an email reply within 5 business days, please contact via phone.

The Commission makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information found on this home page, but offers no warranty with regard to it.

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