ALABAMA RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDS TO FIGHT PINE BEETLES
The USDA Forest Service has allocated $2.7 million in federal emergency money to help stop an infestation of pine beetles in Alabama.
The money will be used to detect and treat pine trees infested with the beetles, which can infect pine trees and destroy them in a matter of weeks.
Last year, Alabama suffered one of the worst pine beetle epidemics in state history. Pine beetles infected 1.5 million trees across the state for a loss estimated at nearly $120 million.
Of the money allocated for Alabama, $2 million will got to the state's division of the Forest Service. Another $750,000 will go to the Alabama Forestry Commission.