Southern Pine Beetle Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Georgia

[Photo] Aerial view of a large area of dead trees killed by southern pine beetles.
Left unchallenged, Southern Pine Beetles will kill large areas of pine forests.

Southern pine beetle (SPB) epidemics are a recurrent problem and appear to be on a trend of worsening; both in frequency and severity. The combination of recurrent droughts and advancing age/declining vigor render trees more vulnerable to SPB. In the forty year period of approximately 1960 through 2000 Oconee National Forest counties were in epidemic status as follows: Greene County 6 to 10 years; Putnam County16 to 20 years; and Jasper and Jones Counties 11 to 15 years. Each of these counties is again in outbreak status as of 2007

[Photo] A Loblolly pine tree dying from the effects of Southern Pine Beetles.
Southern Pine Beetles have attacked and are killing this Loblolly pine tree.