Welcome to the South Carolina Forestry Commission

Important News, Upcoming Events or New Publications

2015 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners

Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this USDA publication explains the federal income tax laws on timber.



Flood assistance and resources for forest landowners and loggers

While the waters from October 2015's flooding have receded in most places, many landowners and loggers are still affected by waterlogged conditions on the ground. Newly planted seedlings may not have survived the inundation, and damaged roads and bridges are still hampering timber harvesting operations. The Forestry Commission continues to monitor the situation by consulting with landowners, studying the health of the forest and sharing assistance information with those affected by the historic flood.



Emerald Ash Borer on the move across Southeast
Destructive beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees

North Carolina has expanded its quarantine for emerald ash borer to include the entire state, following the recent discovery of the beetle in several more counties across the state.
What does this mean for South Carolina?
The emerald ash borer has been found in 24 states, including Georgia and North Carolina, which means South Carolina is surrounded. The Forestry Commission is stepping up detection efforts so we can respond rapidly to infestations.



Register now for our Certified Prescribed Fire Manager course
Forestry Commission conducting four classes around the state

Land managers who conduct outdoor burning can reduce their liability by becoming Certified Prescribed Fire Managers.



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 2014 Annual Report (pdf)

2014 Winter Storm Information



Current Wildland Fires in South Carolina

Current Burning Notifications

Today's Fire Weather

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.

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)



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

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


South Carolina Harvest and Utilization Study, 2011 (pdf -opens in another window)

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.


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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