Agencies and Organizations Who Can Help

ATFS Standard 8, Performance Measure 8.1
Landowner should use qualified natural resource professionals and qualified contractors when contracting for services.

N.C. Forest Service

This state agency exists to help landowners ensure that North Carolina’s forests stay healthy, productive and beautiful for generations to come. County rangers are the key contacts for the programs and services the N.C. Forest Service offers including general forest management advice, preparing forest management plans, access to cost-share programs, prescribed fire, seedlings, and control of insects and diseases. N.C. Forest Service personnel are limited in the amount and type of timber management assistance they can provide and refer many projects to consulting foresters.

Consulting Foresters

Consulting foresters must meet specific academic and professional requirements to practice forestry in North Carolina. They provide services to landowners on a fee or contractual basis.

N.C. State Extension

N.C. State Extension connects forest landowners and resource professionals with research-based information and technology. There are forestry staff available in the central office in Raleigh as well as in each county office across the state.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Wildlife biologists help landowners manage habitat to support healthy and diverse wildlife populations and/or to attract certain species to their woodlands. The Private Lands Program provides science-based management advice, wildlife disease monitoring and wildlife-related technical assistance across the state. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Private Lands Program Staff are available to work with landowners across the state.

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources preserves and promotes the state’s cultural heritage. Within the Department of Cultural Resources these sections offer assistance to landowners:

  • State Historic Preservation Office provides technical restoration assistance to public and private owners of historic properties and assists owners seeking federal and state historic preservation investment tax credits.
  • Office of the State Archaeologist furnishes professional archaeology services to government agencies, museums, school and the general public.  They work to protect and preserve archaeological sites and objects, including human burial sites. Find the archaeologist who specializes in your area here.
  • State Archives identifies, preserves, and makes accessible records (such as census records, military records, family histories, and various county, state and federal records) and other documents that can help you research your special sites.
  • The Natural Heritage Program compiles data, creates maps and distributes information about rare species, natural communities and conservation sites. Their staff is available to answer information requests about rare species or specific sites.

Sustainable Forestry & Land Retention Project

The Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project is a joint venture of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The program works to restore and conserve threatened forest land in Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s service area by increasing forest owner income and land asset values.