Thinning and Southern Pine Beetle
Thinning is an important tool in long term prevention of Southern Pine Beetle
Original High Hazard Stand
Characterized by trees with reduced radial growth, due to overstocking.
Low Hazard Stand
Using thinning to reduce the basal area of stands to 80 - 100 ft2/acre can maintain vigorous growth of trees and minimize the risk of Southern Pine Beetle caused mortality.
Southern Pine Beetle Infestation
Dense stands can be especially vulnerable to Southern Pine Beetle attack. Trees which have been infested by Southern Pine Beetle should be removed as soon as possible.
Visualizing effects of thinning a loblolly pine stand that is high hazard for Southern Pine Beetle.
USDA Forest Service - Kier Klepzig (Southern Research Station; Jeanine Paschke (INTEC International Inc., Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team); Wes Nettleton and Robert Anderson (Forest Health Protection).
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Last updated August 2018
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