Protect Forests From Harm: Forest Pests and Other Threats to Ecosystem Health and Community Safety

Excerpted from the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Farm Bill Requirement and Redesign Strategies (pdf):

A healthy forest landscape has the capacity for renewal and for recovery from a wide range of disturbances, while continuing to provide public benefits and ecosystem services. Threats to forest health include insects, disease, invasive plant and animal species, air pollution, and climate change.

Assessments should identify high value forest landscape areas that are especially vulnerable to existing or potential, forest health risk factors, where forest management practices are most likely to prevent and mitigate impacts. Assessments should also identify areas where management could successfully restore impacted forests.

Resource strategies should include feasible long term strategies for addressing forest health risks and opportunities within important forest landscape areas.


Chapter Overview

This chapter includes four unique spatial analyses that identify priority areas where forest management practices are most likely to prevent and mitigate impacts:

1. Restoring Forest Pest Impacted Areas to Maintain Ecosystem Health: identifies forest pest impacted ecosystems where restoration activities are most needed.
2. Restoring Forest Pest Impacted Communities for Public Safety: identifies areas of tree mortality coincident with human infrastructure such as houses, roads, and transmission lines where falling trees are a public safety issue, and restoration activities are most needed.
3. Preventing Forest Pest Outbreaks to Maintain Ecosystem Health: identifies ecosystems most at risk from damage from future outbreaks.
4. Preventing Forest Pest Outbreaks for Community Safety: identifies communities most at risk from damage from future outbreaks.

Full Chapter

Download the Forest Pests and Other Threats to Ecosystem Health chapter (.pdf).
Note: References (.pdf) (for all chapters) and other information are found separately.

Methodology

Download the methodology document (.pdf) for Forest Pests and Other Threats to Ecosystem Health and Community Safety.

Maps, Data and Tables

Restoring Forest Pest Impacted Areas to Maintain Ecosystem Health
Restoring Forest Pest Impacted Communities for Public Safety
Preventing Forest Pest Outbreaks to Maintain Ecosystem Health
Preventing Forest Pest Outbreaks for Community Safety

Contact

  • For more information about Forest Pests and Other Threats to Ecosystem Health and Community Safety, please contact Mark Rosenberg, 916.445.5366.


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