Forest & Grassland Health
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
- Forest Health Monitoring
- Detection surveys
- Training tailored to specific needs
- Technology transfer
- Pesticide use and safety advice
- NEPA document input and review
- National Forest Management Plan Revision
- Invasive Plants Management
- Financial support to states
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
- California Department of Food and Agriculture
- California Invasive Plant Council
- Region 5 - Remote Sensing Lab
- Pacific Southwest Research Station
- Oregon Department of Forestry
- Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
- Forest Health Assessment & Applied Sciences
- California Forest Pest Council
- Bureau of Reclamation - Mid-Pacific Region
Invasive species have been identified by the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service as one of the four significant threats to our Nation’s forest and rangeland ecosystems.
Non-native species often have a significant impact on newly invaded environments.
Tree mortality and other forest damage is detected by annual aerial surveys over forested lands.
The movement of firewood can be a source of introduction and dissemination of invasive forest insects and diseases into and around the United States. Pests such as the Asian longhorned...
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 Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.