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January 26, 2023

Urban and Community Forestry Financial Assistance Request for Applications will open Feb. 1, 2023


RALEIGH - The N.C. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) program will begin accepting requests for applications for the first of four financial assistance programs beginning Feb. 1, 2023. Applications for the remaining three programs will open March 1, 2023. The program provides financial assistance for communities to complete U&CF practices and activities that will enhance the benefits and sustainable management of North Carolina’s urban forests.

The U&CF practices and activities categories include:

  • Urban Forestry tree inventories and canopy cover assessments;
  • Urban Forestry ordinance and policy development;
  • Urban and Community Forestry plan development;
  • Community Forestry activities;
  • Urban and Community Forestry professional staff development; and,
  • Special projects

Funding for this program is provided by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program and funds are available for local, tribal and state government entities, public educational institutions, not-for-profits and other tax-exempt organizations. Awarded practices and activities are funded at a 50% federal funding, 50% awardee cost share reimbursement basis. Additional financial assistance and support is available for disadvantaged communities.

Prospective grantees may attend an informational webinar Feb. 14 to learn more about these future offerings including federal funds available as part of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act.

To learn more about the NCFS Urban and Community Forestry Financial Assistance program and to access application instructions and the informational webinar, visit the Urban and Community Forestry Financial Assistance website.

 

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January 10, 2023

Insect and disease complex leading to tree mortality in Ashe and Alleghany counties


GLADE VALLEY - The N.C. Forest Service has observed and received landowner reports of diseased and dying white pines in the Crumpler community in Ashe County and the Glade Valley community in Alleghany County.

Symptomatic trees showing evidence they have come under a combined attack from the white pine bast scale and the Caliciopsis canker have been found throughout most of Western North Carolina, with significant damage having taken place in these two counties.

“Typically, this pest problem occurs on stressed trees,” said Brandon Keener, Alleghany County ranger. “However, this year seemingly healthy trees are being impacted as well.”

The white pine bast scale is often found in branch unions beneath lichen and embedded in cankers. The insect is only visible with the use of a magnifying lens, and its feeding facilitates an infection from a fungal pathogen resulting in the Caliciopsis canker. The disease then causes cankers to develop beneath the bark, reducing the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. If the white pine develops too many cankers, mortality becomes possible.

“We’re encouraging landowners to inspect any white pines on their property for signs of the disease,” said Brian Heath, forest health specialist. “Affected trees will reveal branch dieback, crown thinning, cankers of diseased or dead tissues just beneath the bark, excessive resin flow and in some cases, death.”

The white pine bast scale primarily attacks weakened, overstocked, overmature or edge trees. Currently, there are no management or treatment options for controlling this pest. It is unknown why the disease began impacting healthy trees during the 2022 summer months, but researchers with the U.S. Forest Service and N.C. State University are currently investigating the issue.

To learn more about this insect and disease complex, visit https://www.ncforestservice.gov/forest_health/pdf/FHN/FHN-202202-WPBSC.pdf, or call your NCFS county ranger. To find contact information for your local county ranger, visit https://www.ncforestservice.gov/contacts.

 

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