Forest & Grassland Health

About Forest Health Protection

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Who We Are

Forest Health Protection (FHP) traces its roots to the early 1960's. Plagued by serious insect and disease outbreaks, such as southern pine beetle, chestnut blight, gypsy moth and fusiform rust, the Forest Service saw the need for a specialized unit designed to work exclusively on pest problems related to forest resource productivity and management.

The unit provides technical assistance in the prevention, detection, evaluation, and suppression of forest insect and disease pest problems. In addition, expertise is available in the areas of seed orchard pest management, nursery disease problems, pesticide use, protection of wood in use, and remote sensing for monitoring insect populations and/or damage.

FHP is comparable to other specialized Forest Service units, such as engineering, recreation, and wildlife. The most significant difference is that we provide forest health assistance not only to managers of National Forests, but to managers of all forested lands.

Where We Work

FHP maintains three offices in the Southern Region. Our headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia and we have two field offices. One in Alexandria, Louisiana services the Western Gulf States and one in Asheville, North Carolina which serves the Southeastern United States. The Asheville field office serves Virginia, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Alexandria field office serves Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama. FHP also administers the Resistance Screening Center near Asheville. There seedlings are screened for genetic resistance to destructive diseases.