One of the topics for discussion for today’s (May 16) Board Work Session is “Pine Beetles”. The effects of the drought on both hardwoods and pine trees in our area will show up in the short-term and over the long-term. Drought stressed pines in Georgia are susceptible to several types of pine beetles, including the Engraver Bark Beetle which is infesting forests in our state (especially in the Piedmont and Mountain regions). Click here for some historical information (1972-2007) about “Georgia’s Most Destructive Forest Pest”, the Southern Pine Beetle. 1979 was a really bad year.