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.
 
Prescribed burning
Want to be a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager? Take our course!

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is offering training for individuals seeking to become Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Certification can reduce the liability for those conducting outdoor burning, and the Forestry Commission is the only place you can get this training.

  Session Date Location
  October 16, 2018 Florence, SC
  November 7, 2018 Columbia, SC
  November 28, 2018 Moncks Corner, SC
  January 9, 2019 Columbia, SC

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.
COURSE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION>>>


Seedling Price Guide
Hurricane damage management information for landowners

Hurricanes cause varying degrees of damage to the forests. Damage to trees can range from “light,” where branches in treetops were broken, to “heavy,” where trees snapped off, were blown over, or lost most of their branches.
Forest damage can be highly variable across the affected areas and depend on tree species, age and whether the stand had been thinned recently or not. The level and extent of damage you sustained as well as your ownership objectives will help you determine what actions are needed to restore the health and productivity of your woods. The recommendations in this publication are designed to provide you with basic guidance as you make decisions about the best course of action to follow.
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SC Forestry Commission lifts statewide burning ban

State Forester Scott Phillips has lifted the statewide burning ban, effective immediately (Monday, Sept. 17, 2018). Forestry Commission officials still urge vigilance when burning outdoors. The ban was issued last Wednesday because of the limited availability of statewide firefighting resources and personnel, many of whom had been deployed to eastern counties for hurricane evacuation, response, assessment and/or cleanup.
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Seedling Price Guide
2018 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. And now under our new partnership agreement with commercial seedling provider ArborGen, ordering Forestry Commission seedlings has never been easier. In addition to our premier selections of bareroot loblolly and other pine species, we also offer nearly 40 other bareroot and containerized hardwoods and softwoods to choose from.

Be sure to ask for your Forestry Commission discount for seedlings to be planted in South Carolina when placing your order with ArborGen at (803) 275-3578.
CHECK OUT OUR NEW SEEDLING PRICE GUIDE>>>



Emerald Ash Borer
Southeastern Partnership For Forests & Water

The critical link between forestland and clean water is coming into clearer focus with two separate projects underway across the state. The Lower Savannah Watershed Project is providing outreach and education to the community in the Lower Savannah Watershed on the important connection between healthy, managed forestland and clean drinking water supplies.

Likewise, the Lake Wateree Watershed Summit that's just kicking off will provide information on conservation easements and cost-share programs that help landowners in the Lake Wateree watershed to keep their land in forests and managed well.
FIND OUT MORE>>>



Emerald Ash Borer
It's wildfire season... Think Before You Burn!

Late winter and early spring is prime time for wildfires in South Carolina. In the Palmetto State, more wildfires occur between January and April than at any other time of year. While lightning and other natural causes contribute to some of this uptick in fire activity, unfortunately most of our state's wildfires are started by humans. In fact, escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires across most of the South and especially here in South Carolina. Please watch our educational video about making proper notification of debris burning AND taking the proper precautions to keep your fire contained.
WATCH THE VIDEO>>>

 

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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INFORMATION

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

Forests of South Carolina, 2016 (pdf) USFS

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)

Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water Initiative

South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)

SC Forest Inventory and Analysis 2012
Factsheet
(pdf) Tables (pdf)

SC Timber Products Output and Use, 2013

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 2016-2017 Annual Report (pdf)

 

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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.


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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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