State and Private Forestry

Forest Health Protection

The Forest Health Protection (FHP) program provides forest insect, disease, and invasive plant survey and monitoring information, and technical and financial assistance to prevent, suppress and control outbreaks threatening forest resources.

The FHP program works with natural resource managers, private landowners, and various partners to maintain, enhance, and restore healthy forest conditions. Forest Health specialists provide information to land and nursery managers on integrated pest management and phytosanitation methods.

Partners and collaborators work with researchers and natural resource managers to look at the relationship between changing climates, invasive plant species, pest conditions, and overall forest health conditions to provide specialized assistance for incorporating disturbance considerations into forest management plans and decisions.

Infographic showing the benefits of Urban Forests

Image CaptionMariana Quiñones collecting field data and forest health conditions in Cambalache State Forest, Puerto Rico. June 2017.

More from the Forest Health Protection Program

Forest Health Monitoring Program

Training and orientation to the scope and goals of forest health monitoring in eight Puerto Rico Commonwealth forests.

Read more about Forest Health Monitoring Program

Harrisia Cactus Mealybug Monitoring on Caja de Muertos

Land and fire management agencies now have access to information on the potential for wildfires to start and environmental conditions that put life and property at risk.

Read more about Harrisia Cactus Mealybug Monitoring Project

Contact Information

For more information about Forest Health Protection please contact:

State and Private Forestry Program Manager: Magaly Figueroa 787-764-7718

Page last modified: 12/11/2020