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Forest Pathogens: U.S. Forest Service Insect and Disease Risk Mapping

When the introduction or increased activity of invasive or pathogenic plant and animal species dramatically alters the structure and function of ecosystems, the benefits that those ecosystems provide to people are also affected. Additionally, the negative effects of forest pathogens and invasives on certain species may be exacerbated by climate change, forest fragmentation, fire, and other landscape processes which may facilitate outbreaks or invasions.

To monitor the potential hazards posed by invasive pathogens, the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team created a national database designed to assess the potential hazards on tree mortality and identify forest ecosystems at risk of invasive or pathogenic threats. Additionally, it was designed at a scale useful for resource planning and management purposes for many of our nation's forests and parks, ensuring resources are best used for pest prevention, suppression, or forest restoration.

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Last modified: 
12/16/2015 - 21:50