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U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Forest Health Protection

Protecting our Forests

We are part of the State, Private, and Tribal Forestry Deputy Area of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. We have over 250 specialists in the areas of forest entomology, forest pathology, invasive plants, pesticide use, survey and monitoring, suppression and control, assessment and applied sciences, and other forest health-related services.

Protecting the Forest

We provide technical assistance on forest health-related matters, particularly those related to disturbance agents such as native and non-native insects, pathogens, and invasive plants. We value and work through partnerships across lands of all ownerships. We provide forest insect, disease and invasive plant survey and monitoring information, and technical and financial assistance to prevent, suppress and control outbreaks threatening forest resources. We help to maintain, enhance, and restore healthy forest conditions.

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Scenic Forest by Chris Evans, University of Illinois

Assessment & Applied Sciences

The ability to derive consistent and credible information about the health of America’s forests is a critical component of Forest Health Protection. Our forest health information guides the development and application of cutting-edge scientific methods and technologies, providing land managers with the necessary tools to assess, protect, and improve the health of America’s forests.

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FHP Publication Cover of National Individual Tree Species Atlas