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.

90 Years
Forestry Commission celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2017

Join us all year long in celebrating nearly a century of forest protection, management and development for the citizens of South Carolina. We’re planning special events, contests, exhibits and of course "Throwback Thursdays" (#TBTs on Facebook) throughout the year to commemorate this historic milestone.

 


Wildfire
Kodama stepping down from SCFC helm at year's end

South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama announced Thursday, June 29 that he will be “departing” the Forestry Commission in January 2018. He is only the 10th State Forester since the agency’s inception in 1927, serving the third-longest tenure of his predecessors.
“I am not using the word ‘retire’ because I plan to continue to work, but in a different setting that could be in either the public or private sector,” Kodama said in a statement. “This has been an extremely difficult decision to make because my almost 10 years of working with the Commission and all its partners in the forest products industry, the General Assembly and the natural resources community has been a fantastic, rewarding experience.”
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Wildfire
SCFC welcomes back 16 wildland firefighters from Florida

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is welcoming back 16 of its wildland firefighters who were sent to Florida two weeks ago to help battle nearly 150 active wildfires across the Sunshine State. Responding to a request for support from the Florida Forest Service as part of a firefighting assistance agreement called the Southern Compact, the Forestry Commission sent two strike teams May 13 to join beleaguered firefighting crews from around the South; the SCFC contingent included 14 men and two women from all corners of the Palmetto State. More than 2,100 fires have burned across Florida this year, scorching nearly 200,000 acres.
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Wildfire
Campfires can now be prohibited during State Forester's Burning Bans

Gov. Henry McMaster recently signed into law House Bill 3719, adding campfires and other recreational fires to the list of activities that can be prohibited under a State Forester’s Burning Ban. The legislation also raises the fines levied on those convicted of violating the ban to up to $200 for first offenses and at least $500 for second and subsequent offenses. Previously, campfires, bonfires and open-fire cooking were conspicuous exceptions to the burning restriction imposed by such a ban, which the State Forester is given the authority by state law to declare in fire-, weather- and/or resource-related emergencies.
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Wildfire
Forestry has $21 billion impact on South Carolina’s economy

Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the state’s forestry sector in grand fashion Wednesday, April 26, unveiling a large backdrop depicting the industry’s $21 billion contribution to the state’s economy.
The new economic impact figure, revealed in the findings of a Clemson University study commissioned by several forestry organizations, was disclosed at a press conference on the State House grounds as a part of “Forestry Day,” as proclaimed by Gov. McMaster. The occasion was also a celebration of the Forestry Commission’s 90th anniversary, which was founded nine decades ago to the day. A tree-planting ceremony on the State House grounds was held after the press conference.
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Wildfire
More – and larger – wildfires expected this year

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is cautioning citizens about the increase in fire danger statewide and the need to exercise vigilance when burning outdoors. 
A prolonged drought, especially pronounced in the Upstate, is contributing to the elevated risk of wildfire that already exists this time of year. 
The SCFC has responded to 1,782 wildfires this fiscal year, compared to last year’s total of 989, an increase of 80 percent. Additionally, wildfires have burned 23,821 acres this fiscal year, a 437 percent increase from last year’s record low of 5,446 acres​.
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Think Before You Burn
'Think Before You Burn" video kicks off SCFC fire prevention blitz

The South Carolina Forestry Commission recently produced a “Think Before You Burn” fire prevention video with help from its own agency personnel and from staff members of the Lexington County Fire Service. The video was made to support a larger statewide fire prevention blitz that Forestry Commission fire staff will be conducting from October through December and will be shared on the agency’s website, through its social media outlets and in public service announcements on radio and television.

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INFORMATION

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

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
Factsheet
(pdf) Tables (pdf)

SC Timber Products Output and Use, 2011
Factsheet
(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)

FIREWISE GUIDE TO LANDSCAPING (pdf)

Forestry Commission's Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report (pdf)

 

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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.


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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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