Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say an invasive insect that's killed millions of trees in 20 states has been found in Georgia. Officials said Tuesday that the Georgia Invasive Species Task Force is working to block the spread of emerald ash borer beetles, which were trapped during routine monitoring last month in DeKalb County.
Population growth and development are the main threats to forest land in the South. In a new study, federal forestry officials say Georgia and surrounding states can expect to lose 23 million acres of land over the next five decades—more than 20 percent. But it’s not only urbanization as a reason--weather patterns, bioenergy use and invasive species are also dangers.