Risk Assessment for the Southern Pine Beetle

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  • Authors: Birt, Andrew
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
  • Source: In: Coulson, R.N.; Klepzig, K.D. 2011. Southern Pine Beetle II. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-140. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 299-316.

Abstract

The southern pine beetle (SPB) causes significant damage (tree mortality) to pine forests. Although this tree mortality has characteristic temporal and spatial patterns, the precise location and timing of damage is to some extent unpredictable. Consequently, although forest managers are able to identify stands that are predisposed to SPB damage, they are unable to avoid damage entirely. Instead they must manage this uncertainty using risk assessment tools. This chapter discusses the development and utility of these tools for managing the SPB.

  • Citation: Birt, Andrew 2011. Risk Assessment for the Southern Pine Beetle. In: Coulson, R.N.; Klepzig, K.D. 2011. Southern Pine Beetle II. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-140. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 299-316.
  • Keywords: damage, hazard, risk, southern pine beetle
  • Posted Date: September 29, 2011
  • Modified Date: September 29, 2011
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