Study Finds No Evidence for Widespread Southern Pine Decline


loblolly.jpgMillions of acres of southern pine forests form the foundation of forest industry in the South, so the presence of widespread southern pine decline would have important and costly implications. A study by University of Georgia and U.S. Forest Service scientists, including Eastern Threat Center research ecologist Frank Koch, found no evidence for the widespread occurrence of southern pine decline. Researchers believe that if this phenomenon--tree weakness and death involving multiple factors--is occurring, it is not apparent at the landscape level. Read more in CompassLive...

Pictured: Loblolly (pictured), longleaf, shortleaf, and slash pines stretch across millions of acres in the South. Photo by USDA Forest Service.


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