|Southern Pine Beetle Hazard Maps for <state_name>|
Data format: TIF Images
File or table name: <State_Abbrev>_SPB_Hazard_600v1.tif
Abstract: As part of the third-generation (2010) National Insect and Disease Risk Map (NIDRM), the Forest Health Enterprise Team (FHTET), Ft. Collins, Colorado, is working with local resource managers to develop large-scale (30-meter resolution) risk and hazard assessments. These Southern Pine Beetle data are the result of one such assessment.
Southern pine beetle is one of the most destructive insects in the southern United States. Although southern pine beetle outbreaks have recently declined, significant outbreaks are expected in the next few years as drought and other environmental stresses continue to weaken host species across the South. Preferred hosts are shortleaf, loblolly, Virginia, and pitch pines.
To help identify areas with future potential for experiencing significant southern pine beetle activity, a hazard map was developed for states in and surrounding Region 8 of the Forest Service. Sets of site parameter and forest parameter layers were developed by FHTET as key input layers to the analysis. The Region 8 Southern Pine Beetle Hazard Map is a compilation of eight models run across 15 broad ecological zones in 18 southeastern and mid-Atlantic states including the District of Columbia (D.C.). Each model is constructed at a 30-meter resolution within a GIS environment using a multi-criteria modeling framework. The multi-criteria framework used on this project was developed during the construction of the 2006 National Insect and Disease Risk Map.