State law requires citizens to notify the SCFC before burning yard debris. Find your county's toll-free burn notification number here.
Media seeking information about fires should contact Director of Communications Doug Wood at (803) 968-1576 or Public Information Coordinator Justin Holt at (803) 360-2231.

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

Land managers who conduct outdoor burning can reduce their liability by becoming Certified Prescribed Fire Managers (CPFMs). The one-day course teaches managers how to plan prescribed burns that comply with South Carolina Smoke Management Guidelines.  These regulations are mandatory for all forestry, wildlife and agricultural burning in South Carolina. The course is not intended to teach individuals how to burn, but rather how to manage smoke from prescribed fires under these regulations and create awareness of legal issues associated with outdoor burning.

READ MORE ABOUT THE CPFM CLASS AND HOW TO REGISTER >>>


Forest Trees Of SCNeed Forestry Commission equipment or services? Call us!

Did you know the SC Forestry Commission rents tree planters and drum choppers to landowners, or that we offer a number of other landowner services like timber marking, firebreak plowing, waterbar construction, prescribed burning, mired forestry equipment extraction and even pest identification? Check out our FY2020-21 Equipment & Services catalog and call your nearest South Carolina Forestry Commission office to rent or procure any of our equipment and/or services. We're here to help South Carolina's forest landowners!
DISCLAIMER: All equipment is strictly for forestry use. A $200 deposit is required, refundable upon satisfactory return of equipment in good condition.

VIEW/DOWNLOAD OUR EQUIPMENT & SERVICES CATALOG>>>


SCFC Wildfire App
Download the Forestry Commission's wildfire smartphone app!

With the outlook for the fall/winter wildfire season across the south indicating above-normal fire potential, having our free app can offer an extra layer of protection to you and your family. The SC Forestry Commission's wildfire smartphone app allows citizens, media and fire departments to view current wildfires and burn notifications, check the latest fire weather, receive push notifications about important news such as burning bans and red flag fire alerts, and much more. The easy-to-use interface lets users:

LEARN HOW TO INSTALL AND USE THE APP>>>


Forest Trees Of SCGet your copy of our "Forest Trees of SC" tree ID manual!

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to present to the citizens of South Carolina this updated 180-page edition of the agency’s native forest tree identification manual, originally produced in 2003.
This greatly improved guide represents a significant upgrade to its predecessor in scope and detail; in addition to replacing one-color line drawings of trees and their identifying characteristics with full-color photographs, we have added more than a dozen native species than appeared in the first edition, added an illustrated guide to tree and leaf anatomy, incorporated range maps for every species and included many more anecdotal and characteristic keys to identifying South Carolina’s native trees.
VIEW/DOWNLOAD A PREVIEW OF THE BOOK >>>

Soft-bound copies of the book may be purchased directly from the SC Forestry Commission for $20 ($15 if you pick up in person).
CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY/COPIES TODAY!



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New invasive beetle species found in SC lowcountry

The presence of an invasive species known as the Asian Longhorned Beetle was confirmed in Charleston County in mid-June. Although the Asian longhorned beetle has been introduced to North America and Europe at least 35 times beginning in the early 1990s, this is the first time this wood-boring beetle has been detected in South Carolina. The pathway of introduction has been wooden crates and pallets.
Forestry and other natural resource management professionals are naturally concerned, as the pest attacks dozens of species from 15 plant families, but especially maples, elms, and willow trees. The infestation is currently thought to be limited to the community of Hollywood, near Charleston, but ongoing surveys will determine the extent of the infestation.
The beetles are distinct and hard to mistake for other longhorned beetles in the region, except the cottonwood borer. The adults are large (0.6-1.6 inches long), have shiny black elytra (the hard wing covering) with white spots, and their antennae are conspicuously banded with white and black. Homeowners and landowners, particularly in the southern coastal regions of the state, should be on the lookout for this invasive and destructive pest.

VIEW, DOWNLOAD AND/OR PRINT OUR FACT SHEET ON THE ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE>>>


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2020-21 Seedling price guide now available!

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to partner with commercial seedling provider ArborGen on the production, sales and delivery of forest tree seedlings for SC landowners. Taylor Nursery, near Trenton, S.C., is still owned by the Forestry Commission, but ArborGen is now providing management services to operate the nursery. Now taking orders year-round... Call us today!

VIEW, DOWNLOAD AND/OR PRINT OUR NEW SEEDLING PRICE GUIDE WITH EASY-TO-USE ORDER FORM!>>>

 


 Impact
Forestry Commission announces forestry's impact on SC's economy

State Forester Scott Phillips announced the economic impact of forestry in South Carolina Thursday, Nov. 7, citing the agency's most recent Economic Impact Analysis for Planning (IMPLAN) study. In detailing the $21.2 billion impact that the allied sectors of forestry and forest products-related industries generate on the Palmetto State's economy, Phillips also revealed that forestry provides more than 98,000 jobs and $4.9 billion in labor income.

VIEW/DOWNLOAD THE REPORT>>>

 



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INFORMATION

SCFC Agency Overview Video (YouTube)

SCFC Services Provided (pdf)

Forestry Impact by Numbers (pdf)

SC Forestry Facts & Figures (pdf)

Strategic Plan (pdf)

Interactive information of how forest lands provide surface drinking water supply for South Carolina (opens in a new window)

Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

Accountability Report and related reports

Forests of South Carolina, 2018 (pdf)

Economic Impact Analysis of SC's Forestry Sector, 2017 (pdf)

Forest Products Fact Sheet (pdf)

Economic Impact of SC Forests -Analysis (pdf)

Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water Initiative

South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)

Firewise USA™ Recognition Program

Recent Presentations

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)

Ignition-resistant Landscaping and Construction Techniques (pdf)

Forestry Commission's Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Annual Report (pdf)

 

Employment Opportunities (opens in a new window)

How to Report a Wildfire

How to Report Woods Arson


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

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