The U.S. Forest Service Volunteer Program helped to develop successful collaborations between the U.S. Forest Service and State agencies to assist with management of pests, such as the Asian longhorned beetle in Worcester, MA (2008 – 2009), and emerald ash borer in Kingston, NY (2010), by coordinating training and supporting travel. Revised Forest Service policy, however, capped Federal funds for travel, which limited the use of the Volunteer Program. The Northeastern Forest Fire Compact established the Forest Health Working Team (FHWT) in 2011 to help member States assist each other to manage forest health events. The U.S. Forest Service Cooperative Forest Health Program provided $75,000 in initial funding to the FHWT. States and provinces voluntarily provided $1,500 of dues per agency, totaling about $14,000. Much of the initial FHWT funding was used to help manage southern pine beetle (SPB) in New York.
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