Science Lecture Series: Southern Pine Beetle in New York

50 registrations allowed.
28 people currently registered.


2/21/2019 → Gather and refreshments at 6:30pm, Lecture begins at 7:00pm


Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
195 New Karner Road
Albany NY, 12205

Event Type:

Discovery Center Program

Event Description:

Suitable for adults

Southern Pine Beetle (SPB), a bark beetle native to the southern United States, has steadily expanded its range north and west, most likely in response to climate change. Considered one of the most destructive forest pests in the United States, SPB attacks several species of pine including pitch pine, an iconic species of the Pine Bush and other pine barrens throughout the state. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), in cooperation with the United States Forest Service and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, caught a single beetle in a trap in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in the fall of 2017. Come learn from Molly Hassett, Response and Management Coordinator in the Forest Health Division of the NYS DEC, about this destructive beetle, current management strategies, and what its presence means for New York State.

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit

Please plan to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before the start of the program to check in.
Groups with 8 or more people, please call us for special accommodations.

Note: Programs begin promptly at times listed. If you make a reservation for a program and then decide you will not be able to attend please call us or cancel your reservation online to open up those spaces to others.

While leashed pets are permitted on marked trails, we ask that visitors not bring pets to our educational programs.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds for programs with fees. It is, however, permissible to send or designate another person to use your program reservation.

DIRECTIONS TO APB DISCOVERY CENTER: From I-87 take exit 2W (Rt 5 West, Central Avenue). Follow Rt 5 for about 2 miles then turn left onto Rt 155 (New Karner Rd). Continue on Rt 155 for about 1.2 miles. The Discovery Center is located on the left at 195 New Karner Road. (518)456-0655