Jackson, MS, May 26, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) completes Forest Health flights twice annually to monitor forest health issues, such as the southern pine beetle. The interactive map includes data from the most recent flights as well as data provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Verification of this data from the ground has not taken place at this time. The southern pine beetle is said to be the most destructive insect pest of pine forests in the South, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The map linked below shows the location of 169 suspected southern pine beetle spots identified on privately owned forestland in Mississippi.
To view the interactive map, visit: http://bit.ly/SPBActivityMapMS.
What can private forest landowners do to prevent a southern pine beetle infestation?
“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 & 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.”
Private forest landowners with concerns about potential southern pine beetle activity on their property should contact their Mississippi Forestry Commission Area Forester. To find the Area Forester for each county, visit www.mfc.ms.gov/offices and click on the appropriate county.
More information on how to identify the southern pine beetle and signs of attack may be found by visiting: www.mfc.ms.gov/forest-health/southern-pine-beetle-biology.
To learn more about the programs and resources we offer private landowners in Mississippi, please visit our website and follow us on social media: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
View this release online: http://bit.ly/SPBPrivateLands18
View the finished video from spring Forest Health flights (credit MS Forestry Commission): http://bit.ly/ForestHealthFlights18
About the Mississippi Forestry Commission
Established in 1926, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC), protects the state’s valuable forest resources from wildfire, manages approximately 480,000 acres of forested School Trust Land, and delivers quality forest management services and assistance to both rural and urban landowners. Our mission is to provide active leadership in forest protection, forest management, forest inventory, and effective forest information distribution, necessary for Mississippi's sustainable forest-based economy. The MFC looks forward to the continued privilege of caring for Mississippi’s trees, forests, and natural resources. There are approximately 19.8 million forested acres in Mississippi. Mississippi's forestry and forest products industries have a $12.79 billion economic impact and employ almost 70,000 people. Forestry consistently ranks as the state’s second most valuable agricultural commodity, right behind the poultry industry.
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