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Wood Import Pest Risk Assessments


About the Team

logs for export being loaded on shipThe Wood Import and Pest Risk Assessment and Mitigation Evaluation Team (WIPRAMET) provides a permanent source of USDA Forest Service technical expertise to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on exotic forest pests that may move with logs, chips, and similar green wood products. There is interest in importing large volumes of logs, wood chips, and similar green wood products into the United States. This has led to concern that the shipments might contain foreign pests that could threaten the health of the forests of the United States. The USDA Forest Service cooperates with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service by providing technical assistance in conducting pest risk assessments of potential green wood commodity importations into the United States.

A core team was established by the USDA Forest Service in 1995 to provide pest risk assessments to USDA APHIS. Additional team members are added to meet the requirements and needs for a specific pest risk assessment. The team follows the protocols outlined by the Rules and Regulations for Importation of Logs, Lumber, and Other Unmanufactured Wood Articles (Title 7, CFR 319.40-11) and by standard ISPM 11 of the International Plant Protection Convention of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Current Core Team Members:

Dr. Gregg DeNitto
Team Leader
gdenitto@fs.fed.us
406-329-3637

Dr. Andris Eglitis
Entomologist
aeglitis@fs.fed.us
541-383-5701

Dr. John Kliejunas
Plant Pathologist
jkliejunas@fs.fed.us
707-562-8914

Dr. Jessie Micales
Plant Pathologist
jmicales@fs.fed.us
608-231-9215

 

Pest Risk Assessments

Pinus Logs and Chips from Australia (736 KB PDF)

Pinus and Abies Logs from Mexico (726 KB PDF)

Eucalyptus Logs and Chips from South America (1.12 MB PDF)

Logs and Chips of Eighteen Eucalypt Species from Australia (1.68 MB PDF)

Pinus radiata, Nothofagus dombeyi, and Laurelia philippiana Logs from Chile (21 MB PDF)

Pinus radiata and Douglas-fir Logs from New Zealand - Content (5.86 MB PDF)

Pinus radiata and Douglas-fir Logs from New Zealand - Appendices (14.6 MB PDF)

Larch from Siberia and the Soviet Far East - Content (12.4 MB PDF)

Larch from Siberia and the Soviet Far East - Appendices (14.7 MB PDF)