Southern Pine Health Project

Welcome to the Southern Pine Health Project website! Our mission is to promote a better understanding of impacts by a multitude of abiotic and biotic factors affecting southern pine health. The overarching goal of the project is to provide sustainable forest management recommendations as based on the interactions and relative importance of each of these factors in forested landscapes.


The southern yellow pines (loblolly, longleaf, slash, and shortleaf) are the predominant pine species in the southeastern U.S., and are arguably some of the most ecologically and economically important tree species in the world.  These tree species dominate the southern forest ecosystem, and have many different uses.  Pockets of southern pine mortality have been reported for decades, and recently several species of root-feeding insects and their associated fungi have been implicated as causal factors in reduced pine health and tree mortality.  However, many factors contribute to pine health in our region. This website deals with the abiotic and biotic factors to guide forest management decisions.