Pine Decline

Pine decline can be a serious problem in southern forests.

What You Need to Know

Pine decline isn't a straightforward disease. It's caused by a combination of stress, beetles, and fungus. But the result is deadly: a tree usually dies within 10 years of the time when it starts to look sickly.

Are My Woods At Risk?

Pine decline has been described from Texas to South Carolina. It's most common in central Alabama and central Georgia. It has been observed most often in mature loblolly pine and in places where mature loblolly pine and shortleaf pine mix.

With the right information, you can protect your woods. Start by learning about the causes of pine decline, then go on to steps for damage control or prevention. And remember, help is always available.

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