The southern pine beetle (SPB) kills pine trees, which creates hazards from dead and dying trees and increases the risk of wildfires. Pine, especially pitch pine, is the most common tree species on roughly 440,000 acres of southern New Jersey forest. SPB has infested 38,400 acres of these forests— over eight percent of the total—since 2001. Approximately 85 percent of this damage has happened during the last 4 years.
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