Leverages state efforts to restore forest landscapes and improve their long-term health and resilience. Fights the spread of tree-killing insects such as emerald ash borer, southern pine beetle, Asian longhorned beetle and sudden oak death. Offers technical support and funding assistance to states for prevention, detection, and control of nationally harmful insects, pathogens and invasive plants impacting urban and rural forests. Projects are based on the highest national priority needs including forest restoration and reducing wildfire risk.
About 71.7 million acres of forests are at risk of damage from insects, and diseases according to USDA Forest Service's 2013-2027 National Forest Insect and Disease Risk Map. Damage to our country’s forests puts homes and livelihoods in danger from increased risk of wildfire as well as stressors on individual and community health.
In 2015 almost half a million acres of state and private lands were treated for invasive species and nearly 50,000 acres were treated for other pests.
Forest pests know no boundaries. By addressing problems on private lands, infestations on federal lands can be minimized and vice versa. In addition, these invasives and pests can have national impacts on watersheds and wildlife and economic impacts including increased risk of fire.