Help at Hand for Michael-Struck GA Landowners

Emergency assistance for landowners impacted by Hurricane Michael is being rolled out by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Aid approved by the Georgia Legislature in November includes $20 million for debris cleanup in areas where the storm decimated millions of acres of forestland and tree orchards.

Georgia Forestry Commission offering help to landowners following Michael

The Georgia Forestry Commission is helping Georgia’s landowners get back on their feet following Hurricane Michael. Aid approved by the Georgia Legislature in November includes $20 million for debris cleanup in areas where the storm destroyed millions of acres of forestland and tree orchards.

Laurel Wilt Disease Associated with Redbay Ambrosia Beetle

Laurel wilt is a deadly vascular disease of plants in the Laurel family (Lauraceae). It is caused by the fungus Raffaelea lauricola and vectored by the redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus, apparently introduced from Asia in solid wood packing material into the Port of Savannah. Since 2003, laurel wilt has caused massive mortality in most species … Continue Reading →

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Updated September 10, 2020 The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic insect that belongs to a group of metallic wood-boring beetles. Unlike our native beetles that kill weakened trees as part of the natural nutrient recycling process, emerald ash borers kill vigorously growing and weakened ash trees. It is not native to the United … Continue Reading →

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) in Georgia

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) was first reported in 1995 in central coastal California. Since then, tens of thousands of tanoaks (Lithocarpus densiflorus), coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia), and California black oaks (Quercus kelloggii) have been killed by the fungus, Phytophthora ramorum. On these hosts, the fungus causes a bleeding canker on the main stem of … Continue Reading →

Heterobasidion Root Disease (formally Annosum Root Disease) in Georgia

Many Georgia landowners with property along, or south of, the fall line (running from Augusta to Columbus) are noticing dead and dying trees in their pine stand. These stands were thinned one to five years ago and are located mainly on sandy to sandy loam soils. First impressions are that these stands are infested with … Continue Reading →

Sirex Woodwasp in Georgia

A non-native woodwasp, Sirex noctilio, was detected in New York (NY) in 2005 and likely entered a port via solid wood packing material in cargo. This insect is native to Europe and Asia, but has now been introduced into every continent, and has the potential to kill many species of pines including several of our … Continue Reading →

Pine Bark Beetles in Georgia

Pine bark beetles are insects that normally attack stressed and dying pine trees, and usually do not infest trees that are otherwise healthy and vigorous. They are attracted to the odor produced by wind-thrown trees and trees damaged or killed by nature or man. Living pine trees are infested when stressed by: drought, age, tree … Continue Reading →

Gypsy Moth in Georgia

The gypsy moth is a serious forest pest capable of causing severe damage to hardwood trees, especially oaks. This damage is inflicted as the gypsy moth larvae defoliate entire stands of trees. In cooperation with the USDA, Georgia deploys traps across the state every year to detect the presence of the moth. Although the threat … Continue Reading →

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in Georgia

Updated January 2020 Background Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an invasive insect native to Japan. This aphid-like insect threatens hemlock trees in the eastern U.S. and has the ability to alter landscapes that include hemlock trees. Fourteen counties in the northern part of Georgia are included in the range of eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and … Continue Reading →