In the years following the introduction of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) (Adelges tsugae), a sap-sucking insect native to Asia, hemlocks have steadily declined across their native range, leaving behind the skeletal remnants of what was once a prominent overstory tree dominating the forests of the Appalachian Mountains. The question on many minds is whether hope exists for our 'redwoods of the east' or if they’ve reached a tipping point, leaving them unable to rebound.Blog Article
Through combined efforts amongst various partners, more than 100,000 hemlocks have been treated for hemlock woolly adelgid. Treatments last for multiple years and have been carried forward under an integrated pest management (IPM) approach. Eastern white pines in Western North Carolina are showing signs of a two-pronged attack from an insect and tree disease complex sometimes referred to as white pine dieback. Learn more in the 2023 highlights report.Learn More
Through a variety of diverse career opportunities from the mountain ranges of the west to the sandy soils of the east, the 650 men and women of the N.C. Forest Service work to protect, manage and promote forest resources for the citizens of North Carolina. Become a member of our highly trained workforce. The forest is calling. Will you answer?Learn More
The N.C. Forest Service manages several state forests across North Carolina. Many of them are open to the public and offer a variety of educational and recreational experiences. Select the State Forests dropdown above to learn more about a state forest near you.News Release
North Carolina's forestland is one of the greatest influences in the state, providing economic value and adding immeasurably to the quality of life for its residents. The forest products industry is the largest manufacturing business sector in the state, contributing approximately $35.3 billion annually to the state's economy and providing around 139,700 jobs for North Carolinians. The N.C. Forest Service's primary purpose is to ensure adequate and quality forest resources for the state to meet its present and future needs.