NCFS administers a cost-share program aimed at preventing outbreaks of the southern pine beetle, the most destructive forest insect in North Carolina.
The Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program, funded through a grant from the U.S. Forest Service, will reimburse non-industrial private forest landowners in North Carolina for some of the cost of practices to manage young pine stands for the prevention of southern pine beetle infestations.
The NCFS recommends the use of sound silvicultural practices to prevent SPB damage and encourages landowners to thin overcrowded stands. Proper stocking levels promote
healthy trees better able to withstand SPB attacks. The NCFS Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program (funded by a grant from the USFS) subsidizes pre-commercial thinning of pine stands.
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