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Impact of Southern Pine Beetle on Forest Structure and Fuel Loading in a Wildfire-prone LandscapeAuthor(s): Kenneth L. Clark; Matthew Ayres; Carissa Aoki; Emily Wengrowski; Jane Peterken
Source: In: Potter, Kevin M.; Conkling, Barbara L., eds. 2017. Forest health monitoring: national status, trends, and analysis 2016. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-222. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 147-154.
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Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionSouthern pine beetle (SPB; Dendroctonus frontalis) is the most destructive forest insect in the Southeastern United States, with greatest damage occurring in high-density pine stands with basal area above approximately 18 m2 ha-1 (Aoki and others 2016, Ayres and others 2011, Nowak and others 2015). As SPB migrates northward, it is impacting pinedominated forests throughout much of the Mid- Atlantic region. In the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (PNR), Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data indicate that approximately 65 percent of the stands dominated by pitch pine (Pinus rigida) and shortleaf pine (P. echinata) are at or above the density at which SPB can cause significant pine mortality (Crocker 2014, 2015).
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CitationClark, Kenneth L.; Ayres, Matthew; Aoki, Carissa; Wengrowski, Emily; Peterken, Jane. 2017. Impact of Southern Pine Beetle on Forest Structure and Fuel Loading in a Wildfire-prone Landscape. Chapter 9. In: Potter, Kevin M.; Conkling, Barbara L., eds. 2017. Forest health monitoring: national status, trends, and analysis 2016. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-222. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 147-154.
KeywordsChange detection, drought, fire, forest health, forest insects and disease, regeneration, tree mortality
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