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

Seedling killed from standing water.
Certified Prescribed Fire Manager courses scheduled for this fall

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is offering training for individuals seeking to be Certified Prescribed Fire Managers. Training sessions are scheduled as follows:
Oct. 11, 2016 - Columbia
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.


SC Farm Bureau Magazine cover
SC Farm Bureau article highlights state's largest crop, timber

They’re all around us. Even in the suburbs and the cities, they’re scattered here and there, their branches reaching up to the skies, their roots solidly entrenched in the earth. Trees. All shapes and sizes, they provide cool shade, clean air and water, natural beauty, and food for wildlife. But out in the country, away from the neighborhoods and tall buildings, broad expanses of trees provide much more. Those forests are big business in South Carolina.




Seedling killed from standing water.
Register now for the Southern Forest Products Export Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 Southern Forest Products Export Conference, which the South Carolina Forestry Commission is hosting in Charleston, S.C., Oct. 17 and 18. The two-day meeting will focus on the key global markets where Southern forest products can compete and will feature a world-class lineup of Southeastern leaders in the allied forest products industries, along with several of the foremost authorities in international forest products trade from around the world. Headline speakers include U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, former Weyerhaeuser VP Lynn Michaelis, key market specialists and experienced businessmen in exporting hardwood and softwood lumber, logs, chips and pellets.



Seedling killed from standing water.
Browning, dropping pine needles not necessarily cause for concern

Homeowners and forest landowners may become alarmed by the appearance of brown needles on pine trees, particularly longleaf pines, in the sandhills and coastal plain regions of the state during the summer. This is a normal occurrence, as even evergreens have to shed their foliage sometime.




Seedling killed from standing water.
2016 Seedling Price Guide now available!

The success of the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s state-of-the-art orchard, nursery and tree improvement program is undeniable. Not only are we introducing the best genetic stock we’ve ever produced in our 3rd-generation loblolly seedlings, but we’re also lowering the price! Containerized longleaf prices have been slashed per-thousand as well, and as always we have nearly 40 other bareroot and containerized hardwoods and softwoods to choose from. Now taking orders year-round... Call us today!



New urban forestry videos tout benefits of public green spaces

The urban forest is the aggregate of all vegetation and green spaces within communities that provide benefits vital to enriching the quality of life. Additionally, community forests are an integral part of large cities, rural areas, streets, backyards, parks, and open spaces. Community forests provide shade, beauty, and habitat for urban wildlife. Properly planted trees and other vegetation can reduce heating and cooling costs, intercept and store rainwater, improve air quality, and increase property values and local tax bases.



SCFC, SCFA announce forestry's $18.6 billion impact to SC economy

South Carolina Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the forest products sector in grand fashion Tuesday, Aug. 18, unveiling a large wooden sign representing the industry's $18.6 billion contribution to the state's economy. The new economic impact figure was revealed at a statewide meeting of forestry professionals organized by the SCFC, the South Carolina Forestry Association and forest industry allies.


Forestry Commission's 2014 Forestry Report to the Governor and General Assembly (pdf)

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

2014 Winter Storm Information

October 2015 Flood Information




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)



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.

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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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