Natural Hazards

Preparing for Undesirable Natural Events

Natural disasters, invasive species, and insect and disease infestations can be detrimental to the health of a forest. Learn how to protect your woods from natural hazards that are common in your area.


As a landowner, who should I reach out to learn more about protecting my woods from natural disasters?

Your local forester (contact: 843-638-7561) can help you manage your land and create a plan to ensure your woodlands are protected. Other information can be found on the SGSF website.

What are some simple tactics to safe-guard woodlands from insects, disease, and invasive species?

Walk your land with a forester so you can learn how to identify potential threats to your woods. Look for areas on your property where trees are overcrowded, losing bark or foliage, or starting to die.

Key Resources

Invasive Species

(Clemson University)

Harmful Insects and Diseases in South Carolina

(South Carolina Forestry Commission)

Managing Forests Against Insect Infestation

(American Forests)

Exotic Plants and Animals in South Carolina

(South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council)

Protecting Your Woods from Floods

(American Forest Foundation)

What to do After a Flood

(American Forest Foundation)

How hurricanes affect your forest

(American Forest Foundation)

What you can do to prevent hurricane damage to your forest

(American Forest Foundation)