SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — Southern pine beetle populations are on the rise in southwest Mississippi, and foresters are warning of a potential outbreak and urging landowners to be on the lookout for the tree-killing pests.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission says populations of the borer beetles that attack and kill live trees are increasing in the area for the first time since 1996. Officials say the elevated activity may be a precursor to an upcoming major outbreak.
The Enterprise-Journal reports officials are warning landowners in Franklin, Amite, Wilkinson, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln and Copiah counties to inspect their lands.
In May and June, U.S. Forest Service personnel in the Homochitto National Forest found 250 cases of active pine beetle infestations.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info