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Forest Health Highlights 1997


The Mississippi Forestry Commission provides forest health protection assistance to state and private land managers within the State. This program is funded cooperatively by the State and the USDA Forest Service Forest Health Protection unit.

MS Forest Type Distribution
Mississippi Forest Facts

blbullet.gif (864 bytes)Over 60% of Mississippi is forested (more than 18.5 million acres).

blbullet.gif (864 bytes)Nearly 90% of forested acreage in Mississippi is privately owned.

blbullet.gif (864 bytes)The National Forests in Mississippi (1.1 million acres) provide recreational and wildlife benefits as well as forest products and jobs for thousands of people.

blbullet.gif (864 bytes)The southern pine beetle (SPB) is Mississippi's most important forest insect pest. Since 1994, most of the state's pine forests have been adversely affected by an SPB outbreak. In 1995, over 11,000 spots were detected on state, private and federal forestlands in 26 epidemic counties affecting over 2.5 million forested acres. Suppression activities carried out on these lands materially contributed to the SPB population collapse in 1996. In 1997 moderate levels of SPB activity continued with over 1,100 spots detected. Six counties were considered to be in outbreak status. It is projected that in 1998 populations will be at moderate levels, but more severe on National Forests where suppression project continues.

blbullet.gif (864 bytes)Surveying for the gypsy moth continues throughout the state. No infestations were detected in 1996 or 1997.

blbullet.gif (864 bytes)There have been an increasing number of reports of damage by Pales weevils in pine regeneration areas.


The Mississippi Forestry Commission and USDA Forest Service

In spite of the relatively good health of Mississippi's forests, a variety of insects and diseases (both native and introduced), and human-caused impacts such as air pollution, continue to threaten the State's resources. To deal with this constantly changing mix of challenges, the Forestry Commission and the Forest Health Protection unit of the USDA Forest Service cooperate to prevent, detect, suppress and manage this multitude of threats. The partnership between the two agencies has worked for three decades to maintain and improve the health of Mississippi's forests.

Forest Health Protection contributions (dollars) to the Mississippi Forestry Commission Cooperative Forest Health program, cooperative pest suppression projects, and National Forests in Mississippi pest suppression projects, 1995-98.





Cooperative Forest Health Program





Cooperative suppression        
southern pine beetle





National Forests in Mississippi
southern pine beetle






For additional information, contact:

Mississippi Forestry Commission
USDA Forest Service
301 N. Lamar Street
Forest Health Protection
Suite 300
2500 Shreveport Highway
Jackson, MS 39201
Pineville, LA 71360
(601) 359-1386
(318) 473-7286