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Southern Pine Beetles Killing Pitch Pines, Threatening Safety

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New York State has been blocked from cutting down trees infested with southern pine beetles this summer by concerns about the potential for harming northern long eared bats, a newly designated endangered species that has been known to live in the region. But the stands of dead trees have spiked fears of a potential wildfire growing out of control. 
MICHAEL WRIGHT

New York State has been blocked from cutting down trees infested with southern pine beetles this summer by concerns about the potential for harming northern long eared bats, a newly designated endangered species that has been known to live in the region. But the stands of dead trees have spiked fears of a potential wildfire growing out of control. MICHAEL WRIGHT

27Speaks on Sep 14, 2023

Destructive southern pine beetles have been sweeping through the South Fork for several years, killing pitch pine trees. Standing dead trees are ideal fuel for wildfires, and they may also topple or drop branches onto roads and people. Southern pine beetle management has involved cutting down affected trees and often leaving them in place, but despite these efforts, the infestation continues to spread. To discuss how East Hampton Town is combating southern pine beetles and the risks, reporter Michael Wright and East Hampton Town Councilman David Lys join the editors on the podcast this week.

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