Pests and Disease

October is Firewood Awareness Month

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Hungry Pests campaign has partnered with the Nature Conservancy’s Don’t Move Firewood campaign for the first-ever Firewood Awareness Month.

The goal of Firewood Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about firewood movement as a forest pest and disease pathway using our respective social media platforms for blog posts, messaging with sharable graphics and media releases.

State and Private Forestry Report Highlights Accomplishments and Emerging Trends in Forestry

Analysis of Forest Action Plan Five-Year Reviews Illustrates Impacts of Strong Partnerships and Effective Strategic Planning

WASHINGTON (September 7, 2016)—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) has released the 2016 State and Private Forestry Report which includes success stories and an overview of emerging issues and trends that were recently identified by the state forestry agencies.

A Creative Solution in WI to Emerald Ash Borer

A new partnership between the city of Madison Parks Division and Wisconsin Urban Wood will allow residents to buy lumber or handcrafted products made from ash trees slated to be removed because of emerald ash borer (EAB), according to a release.

“The adaptive reuse of urban wood allows us to be sure that EAB won’t have the last word when it comes to our ash trees. We think Madison residents will share our appreciation for this silver lining to the lost ash and other park trees,” said Eric Knepp, parks superintendent.

California’s Dead Trees Stand Ready to Burn

Like tens of millions of matchsticks, California’s dead trees stand ready to burn. Between severe droughts, a plethora of invasive species, and other problems, trees are at high risk with low defenses. As more trees die, they add fuel to an already growing flame. 

Gov. Jerry Brown of California issued emergency declarations for the Sierra’s central and southern regions last October. Mr. Brown also called for a task force to devise strategies to clear the forests of deadwood. He also sought additional federal funds.

Learn about Emerald Ash Borer in Pennsylvania

Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania ash trees have succumbed to emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation, estimates Tim Tomon of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry’s Division of Forest Health. The number of dead ash trees reaches the millions if one considers states like Michigan, where EAB was first discovered in 2002.

Swiss needle cast spreading in Oregon

Douglas firs in the Oregon Coast Range are increasingly suffering from Swiss needle cast. One study estimates that the fungal disease stunts tree growth by about 50 percent, resulting in an annual economic loss of $128 million.

Swiss needle cast is a foliage disease whose symptoms include yellow needles, decreased needle retention, sparse crowns, and reduced diameter and height growth. A fungus infects the firs and disperses spores which plug the needle openings that carry water into and out of the tree.