Southern pine beetle assistance, privation program taking applications

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The Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services announced that the Florida Forest Service will be accepting applications for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Cost Share Program from June 14 through July 31 from eligible private non-industrial forest landowners who own at least five acres.  

The southern pine beetle, or SPB is a native, periodically destructive insect pest of pines in the southeastern United States. Like other pine bark beetle attacks, SPB attacks are typically limited to pines that are dying or weakened due to environmental stress, competition, age or other factors. Under susceptible stand and environmental conditions, however, SPB populations have the potential to build rapidly and kill large numbers of pines, and may overcome the defenses of healthy trees during periodic outbreaks. Between 1993-2002 there were nearly 7,000 SPB infestations in Florida resulting in over 36,000 acres with pine mortality.

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