you would for any other investment, you need to protect your forest from the
threat of wildfire, insect attack and disease. While these and other things will
always pose some threat, there are things you can do to minimize the risk and
reduce potential damage. Here are a few things:
- Thinning overcrowded stands
will keep your forest vigorous and reduce potential for insect or disease
- If an insect outbreak, such
as southern pine beetle, is found, the infected trees should be cut down and
removed as soon as possible.
- Hardwood strips in pine
stands can act as barriers to the spread of a bark beetle infestation. Mixed
stand management may also reduce the threat of bark beetles.
- Certain soils are more
conducive to disease problems, particularly in pine. Shortleaf and loblolly
on the wrong sites are susceptible to some root diseases.
- Periodic prescribed burning
(every three to five years) will reduce fuel for a wildfire and, if a
wildfire occurs, will keep it from doing serious damage to the stand. In
areas where rust diseases such as fusiform rust are prevalent, burning will
help control oak, which is the alternate host for the disease.
- If you harvest pine timber
in the summer and plan to plant new pine seedlings in the fall or winter,
the seedlings should be dipped in an approved insecticide to guard against
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