Forest Health Protection programs emphasize protecting the long-term health and sustainability of our forests. Our major responsibilities are to assist the States with implementing their forest health programs and to provide forest health support on National Forests and other federal lands. Activities include identification and evaluation of insect and disease problems, provision of resource materials and management recommendations in forests and nurseries, training in hazard tree management, and assistance with major forest pest control projects.
Programs and Services
Invasive Insects & Diseases: Insects and diseases can be introduced in many ways. Often, they have no natural controls in their new environment, and pose great threats to our forests.
Invasive Plants: Invasive plants aggressively compete with and displace native plants. This can result in destruction of forage and habitat for wildlife, loss of grazing land, lower land values, lost forest productivity, reduced groundwater, soil degradation, increased risk of wildfires, and diminished recreation.
Forest Health Management:We direct and implement measures to prevent, retard, or suppress unwanted, native and nonnative invasive insects, pathogens, and plants affecting trees and forests.
Pesticide Use Management: We provide technical pesticide information and coordination on the use of pesticides in the Northeastern Area.
Survey and Technical Assistance: We conduct surveys to detect forest health conditions and provide technical information in the form of publications and other resource materials.
Technology Development: We find new answers to forest health problems through GIS, modeling, development of biological control, and other projects.
Resources and Publications
Aerial Survey Viewer: The Forest Health Aerial Survey Viewer for the Northeastern Area displays maps of forest damage as reported annually through a cooperative effort between state and federal forestry agencies.
Coping with the Costs: This meeting, in September 2009, discussed the impacts of invasive insects on communities. Presentations included updates on invasive insects and how we’re trying to control them, and how different communities are coping with the costs incurred by their fights against these invaders. Click on the title for presentations and notes taken during the meeting.
Highlands of CT, NJ, NY & PA: Stretching from northwestern Connecticut across the Lower Hudson River Valley of New York, through northern New Jersey to southeastern Pennsylvania, this region contains nearly 3 ½ million acres of forests, farms, and communities.
Asian Longhorned Beetle and its Host Trees
This pictorial guide provides basic information for identifying the Asian longhorned beetle, its injury characteristics, and its common host trees, in both urban and forested settings. more >>