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Subject: Southern pine beetles devastating forests in Belize
Date posted: August 10, 2001
Source: Janus Foundation

A southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) infestation of unprecedented dimensions has destroyed over 80,000 acres of Belize pine forest in only a few years. Although the beetle is native to Belize, outbreaks of this severity have never been reported before. The present outbreak was probably triggered by a prolonged period of warm weather. A recent budget cut reduced the Belize Forestry Department staff by over 90%, which makes it impossible for them to carry out effective control measures.
The southern pine beetle is also one of the most important forest pests in the United States.
For photographs and more information see the following links http://www.janusfoundation.org/11012001explor.htm
http://whizlab.isis.vt.edu/servlet/sf/spbicc/
http://www.srs.fs.fed.us/4501/