Pine Beetles Pine Beetle Eradication Plan Will Restore Devastated LI Parks By Vinny Ball • May 3, 2018 Frank Eltman / AP Suffolk County officials have unveiled their updated plan to limit the spread of southern pine beetles and to restore areas they’ve devastated. Long Island Foresters Outwit Ravenous Pine Beetles By Rebekah Sherry • Mar 20, 2018 Frank Eltman / AP Since 2014, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has been at war with the southern pine beetle. The bugs come from states like Alabama and Georgia, and they live off of pitch pines, the signature species of Long Island’s Pine Barrens. Pine Beetle Infestation Triggers State Of Emergency In East Hampton By Nicola Shannon • Nov 30, 2017 Frank Eltman / AP Listen Listening... / 1:02 A growing infestation of pine beetles in East Hampton has forced the town to declare a state of emergency that could last until the end of the year. Long Island Fighting Spread Of Destructive Pine Beetles By Kelly Saberi • Jul 21, 2016 Frank Eltman / AP Listen Listening... / 0:47 New York State will spend $500,000 of its environmental protection fund to remove and replace trees killed by southern pine beetles in the pine barrens of Suffolk County.