New Guide to Woodwasps of the Western Hemisphere

Includes DNA barcodes for early detection of major pests The North American forest community reacted with alarm when specimens of Sirex noctilio Fabricius were found in New York State in 2004.  Native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa, S. noctilio—a species of woodwasp in the family Siricidae—is fairly benign in its native range, but as a…  More 

Tom Holmes Co-Authors Prize-Winning Article

On August 20, Southern Research Station (SRS) research forester Tom Holmes received notice that a paper he co-authored won the first Soren Wibe Prize from the Journal of Forest Economics. Fellow co-authors of the article are Christopher Moore from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Kathleen Bell from the University of Maine. The Soren Wibe…  More 

Southern Pine Beetle II

Featured Publication The southern pine beetle is the most destructive forest pest in the southern United States, causing more than $60 million in damage and lost timber income annually. The most recent outbreak of the native insect (1999-2003) caused over $1.5 billion in damages across eight states. SRS recently announced the publication of a new…  More 

One Million Acres Protected, One Acre at a Time

Feature Story Miles Cary Johnston lives in the rolling countryside east of Richmond, Virginia, on land thats been owned by his family for more than twelve generations. His acres in New Kent County stretch down to the Pamunkey River and include open fields, mixed hardwood forests—and 16 acres of loblolly pine he planted for timber…  More 

Forest Service Chief Honors Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

News Flash Today, December 5, the Forest Health Protection (FHP) Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program received the 2011 Chiefs Honor Award for Sustaining Forests and Grasslands. FHP entomologist John Nowak, who serves as team leader of the program, accepted the award at the celebration held in Washington, DC, with fellow team members FHP unit director Wes Nettleton, FHP program…  More