Have you noticed any rapidly dying pines in your local area? The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) needs your help to find dead and dying pine (Pinus) trees across New South Wales.
An infestation of an exotic pine nematode was discovered in the wood of a single dying pine tree in Sydney in March 2016. Damage caused by pine nematodes can lead to rapid tree wilt and death. The New South Wales Government is conducting surveillance of pine trees across New South Wales to identify any further infestations. This pest has not previously established in Australia and poses a serious threat to Australia’s softwood plantation forest industry.
DPI are asking land managers across New South Wales to look at pine trees in their local area and report their observations back to them.
If you come across a pine tree that is dying or has died rapidly, please report it to NSW DPI by:
- Report any suspect exotic plant pests and diseases by phoning the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881
For more information on pine nematodes and how you can contribute to this surveillance program, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/pine-nematodes