Guidelines for Regenerating Southern Pine Beetle Spots

Guidelines for Regenerating Southern Pine Beetle Spots, a general technical report (GTR) by the Southern Research Station (SRS),  provides detailed guidance for regenerating pines in areas within forest stands where trees have been killed by southern pine beetle. Authored by scientists from two units located in Pineville, Louisiana—the SRS Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems…  More 

Rising Temperatures Permit Expansion of Southern Pine Beetle Into New Jersey

The New York Times recently ran a front page story about the damaging spread of southern pine beetle through the New Jersey Pinelands. The article included an interview with Dartmouth biologist Matt Ayres, who talked about how rising temperatures allowed the insect pest to thrive in an area where cold winters once killed it. Ayres’…  More 

Secretary’s Honor Award for Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

On September 12, the team leading the Forest Health Protection Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program received a 2012 USDA Secretary’s Honor Award. Key members of the group are John Nowak (team leader), Don Duerr, Wes Nettleton, and Linda Brett from Forest Service, Region 8, and Kier Klepzig, Assistant Director for Research at the Southern Research Station. …  More 

Southern Pine Beetle Impacts on Forests

Shortleaf pine-hardwood ecosystem restoration following insect outbreak Research by Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists shows that the impacts of recent outbreaks of southern pine beetle further degraded shortleaf pine-hardwood forest ecosystems in the southern Appalachian region. The authors suggest that cutting and burning these sites reduces heavy fuel loads, improves soil nutrient status, and opens…  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