The following information is a preliminary report on the severity of observed pine mortality in MS due to the 2023 drought. Thanks to our federal partners, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, for providing this information.
Accuracy Assessment (By USDA Forest Service – Southern Research Station)
- Completed using 150 random points on polys sized 0.22 acres and greater, error 0.04%
- Accuracy adjusted total pine mortality acres – 78,988.3
- at 159 trees per acre (3.5 pine trees per 10m grid cell) – over 12,500,000 dead trees
Source: EFETAC response to R8 FHP request to assess and map the late-season 2023-24 beetle outbreak in MS 01/08/2023
Total acreage in this study area: 13,010,098 acres
Total acreage of pine included in this study: Approximately 2,500,000 acres
Click here for the USDA Forest Service interactive map for the analysis area in Mississippi. Zoom in and out for a better view of the pine mortality areas.
Please contact the MFC office at 601-359-1386 with any questions.