Forest Health Protection (FHP) is responsible for technical assistance for forest health activities and monitoring and reporting on the health of all forest lands in the Pacific Southwest Region.
We work in partnership with the National Forest System, other federal agencies, states, Native American tribes and the private sector, to provide assistance, technical expertise, and forest health information.
FHP has specialists in: forest pathology; forest entomology; pesticide use and safety; remote sensing and geographic information systems.
FHP provides assistance in the following areas:
On-site forest health evaluations
Insect and pathogen identification
Financial support for prevention and suppression projects
The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) Agrilus coxalis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), is a wood borer native to southeastern Arizona, southern Mexico, and northern Guatemala. It is believed to be introduced into California and was first collected in San Diego County in 2004. In 2008, GSOB was linked to continuing oak mortality occurring in San Diego County since 2002 across all land ownerships. It is now also found in Riverside County.