“We encourage landowners to be proactive in their forest management. In fact, the MFC has a Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program, which provides cost-share funds to encourage private forest landowners to thin their dense pine stand before the next southern pine beetle outbreak,” said Todd Matthews, Urban Forestry and Forest Health Coordinator for the Mississippi Forestry Commission. “Much of our current strategy for managing southern yellow pine timber is based on past experience with southern pine beetle outbreaks. Healthy stands of timber that have been properly thinned and managed are less susceptible to southern pine beetle damage.”
SPB resources listed below:
- Find SPB spots near your land with the SPB activity map: http://bit.ly/SPB2018PrivateLandsMap
- Learn more about signs of attack, how to ID, and signs of damage, click here.
- Concerned about possible SPB activity on your property? Contact your Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) Area Forester. To find the Area Forester for each county, visit the MFC offices web page and click on your county click here.
- Healthy stands of timber that have been properly thinned and managed are less susceptible to southern pine beetle damage. Learn more about proactive forest management through the MFC’s Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Cost-Share Program. The goal of this cost-share program to encourage private forest landowners to thin their dense pine stand and prevent future SPB infestations. Learn more here.