School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Associate Professor of Forestry Silviculture, Edward Loewenstein, was quoted in an article (March 12) that is circulating around the state which discusses the compounded problems of drought and pine beetle infestation expected to have a severe impact on Alabama's forestry industry this year.
"We're in crisis right now because any organism that's under stress is less able to deal with stress, and all of our pine beetles, bark beetles are stressors to trees," Loewenstein said. "When you've got this extraordinary drought like we had this past year, that is a huge stressor put on not only individual trees but entire stands and entire landscapes."
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