A state of emergency that started on October 26, 2017, ended on December 22, but the hunt for Southern Pine Beetle is still on. The infestation was between Swamp Road and Route 114 in northwest East Hampton. According to East Hampton Town Environmental Analyst Andrew Drake, the town’s Land Management Department had been cutting and leaving the infested trees at the recommendation of the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
840 acres of land in East Hampton were inspected. During the state of emergency 8,255 trees on 297 acres of land were felled to curb the infestation of the beetles. 150 trees remain and are marked for removal.