Damage from the 2016 drought is evident across Alabama

Damage from the 2016 drought is evident across Alabama.
But this year, a disturbing number of trees show no signs of life.
Pines of various ages and sizes are dying, from seedlings to mature trees.
These insects generally infect the pines with associated fungi causing the trees to die more quickly.
Stone said the 2/3 of the north Alabama have been affected by the drought and beetle infestation as a result.
Some of the hardest hit counties are Calhoun, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, DeKalb and Blount.
Much of southeast Alabama is under moderate drought while Tuscaloosa, Walker and Fayette Counties in central Alabama are suffering severe drought conditions.
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