Forest Protection

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Chris Hirni, County Ranger
Admin Building II

5th Floor

201 E. Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-560-0562
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

ATTENTION! Durham County Government is closing most offices to the public effective Monday, March 23, 2020. To read the detailed release about the closing, visit our news section at or click here

Department Function

The mission of the Durham County Forest Protection Program is to provide citizens with effective forest management, financial assistance, urban and community forestry planning, forest fire protection, insect and disease protection and to publicize the importance of prevention and protection measures through on-going information and educational programs.

Durham County provides support for the state administered forest protection program through a contract with the Division of Forest Resources within the N. C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Two Rangers are assigned to Durham County. Service is provided to all county residents. Approximately 100,000 acres of forest exist in Durham County.