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.
Important News, Upcoming Events or New Publications
***Winter Storm Information***
Results of the timber damage assessment from the recent Winter Storm.
The winter storm that blanketed thousands of square miles of South Carolina with snow and ice caused varying degrees of damage to the forests in the eastern half of the state. Damage to trees ranged from “light,” where branches in treetops were broken, to “heavy,” where trees snapped off, fell over, or lost most of their branches. Forest damage was highly variable across the affected area and depended on tree species, age, and whether the stand had been thinned recently or not.
The level and extent of damage you sustained as well as your ownership objectives will help you determine what actions are needed to restore the health and productivity of your woods.
The winter storm of February 11-13 heavily damaged forests and community trees across parts of South Carolina. Homeowners face the dilemma of deciding whether a tree can be saved or whether it is damaged beyond repair.
TAX TREATMENT OF ICE DAMAGE
Loss of timber from a casualty such as the February ice storm may be deductible from your taxes. The deduction is the lesser of the decrease in fair market value caused by the casualty or your basis in the timber block (the area you use to keep track of your basis). For more information, go to http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/library/taxtips2013.pdf or contact your tax preparer.
SAVE THE DATE: June 11-12, 2014 for the upcoming Forest Resource Institute
Current State Forest Timber Sales - Upcoming timber sales on state owned forestland.
Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)
Primary Forest Industry Directory - list of all wood and paper manufacturing industries in the state.
ATTENTION South Carolina landowners, it's time to GROW SOME GREEN
South Carolina's Most Damaging Wildfire -Highway 31 Fire Horry County
Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions(opens in a new window)
SC Forest Inventory and Analysis Factsheet 2010(pdf opens in a new window)
A Landowners Guide to Forestry in South Carolina - 2011 (pdf)