The Mississippi Forestry Commission completes Forest Health flights twice annually in the spring and fall. Additional flights were carried out in the middle of July, to gather further information on the privately owned forestland in 15 counties that comprise and border Mississippi's National Forests. The Southern Pine Beetle outbreak has been fueled by two summers of drought followed by two winters of unusually high temperatures.
Private forest landowners who are concerned about possible Southern Pine Beetle activity on their property are encouraged to contact their Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) Area Forester. To find the Area Forester for each county, visit the “Local Contacts” drop-down list on the MFC's homepage: www.mfc.ms.gov
The map below represents suspected Southern Pine Beetle spots identified on privately owned forestland as of December 2017. Not all data has been verified from the ground at this time. To view the interactive map, click on the picture below or visit: http://bit.ly/SPBPrivateLandsMap. Then use the zoom function to locate your property.
• Red dots = MFC data - infestation spots of 15 - 30 trees
• Blue dots = MFC data - infestation spots of 30 + trees
• Orange dots & red dots with black outline = U.S. Forest Service data - infestation spots of unknown size
For more information on the southern pine beetle, visit: www.mfc.ms.gov/forest-health/southern-pine-beetle-biology
For more information on the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program, visit: www.mfc.ms.gov/SPB-Prevention