OUR MISSION

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***

Ice Storm Damage Report

STATE FORESTER ISSUES FOREST DISASTER DECLARATION

Results of the timber damage assessment from the recent Winter Storm.
Timber Damage: $360 Million, 1.5 million acres of forestland, 24 counties affected.

Help for Forest Landowners

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.

 

Will My Trees Survive?

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.

 

 

State Forest Sustainable Commitment Statement (pdf)

South Carolina Forestry Commission's Annual Report Summary 2011-2012

South Carolina Forestry's 2015 Project

SAVE THE DATE: June 11-12, 2014 for the upcoming Forest Resource Institute

Free Online Prescribed Fire Planning Tool

 

HOT LINKS

Current Wildland Fires in South Carolina

Current Burning Notifications

Today's Fire Weather

Seedlings for Sale

Current Timber Price Reports

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

Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)

INFORMATION

South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)

South Carolina's Forest Industry Factsheet (pdf)

South Carolina Forest Resource Assessment (Forest Action Plan)

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

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)

S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior and S-130 Wildland Firefighter Training Now Available

PUBLICATIONS

Value of South Carolina's Timber Delivered in 2011 (pdf)

SC Forest Inventory and Analysis Factsheet 2010(pdf opens in a new window)

A Landowners Guide to Forestry in South Carolina - 2011 (pdf)

State of South Carolina's Forests (pdf)

South Carolina's Timber Product Output and Use (pdf)

Forest Products Fact Sheet (pdf)

FIREWISE GUIDE TO LANDSCAPING(pdf)

Employment Opportunities(opens in a new window)

How to Report a Wildfire

How to Report Woods Arson


If you have any Questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions or Email us.


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.

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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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