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Thursday, November 8, 2012

NH faces another forest threat - 'red pine scale' - and will cut 118 acres of trees to fight it

As if there aren't enough threats to our forests moving ever closer or already here - emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, hemlock wooly adelgid - the state is now planning to cut down 118 acres of red pines in an attempt to thwart an outbreak of 'red spine scale', which I hadn't even heard of.

Like the other problems, this is aninvasive boring insect that carries disease inside the tree as it lives and feeds.

Here's a Telegraph story, which is mostly a rewrite of the state's press release.