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Overview
Honey bee. Photo by David Cappaert
Adult luna moth.  Photo by Theodor D. Leininger
Karner Blue Butterfly

The Nontarget Impacts program helps forestry clientele make informed decisions on controlling insect and pathogen outbreaks. In efforts to mitigate the impacts of pests that may pose a hazard to human health, interfere with recreational opportunity, reduce the general health of forests, alter wildlife habitat, or interfere with the local economy, suppression activities may adversely affect nontargeted species. The nontarget Impacts program is designed to document the impact on specific nontarget organisms (plants and animals).

Products and Services
  • Advising clients on monitoring of nontarget organisms associated with suppression and eradication projects
  • Using publications and FHTET-sponsored workshops, training sessions and scientific meetings to increase awareness of potential impacts on nontarget organisms
Projects
  • Insecticide Impacts on Nontarget Organisms of North American Forest Ecosystems database, created in cooperation with the Canadian Forest Service
  • Long-term evaluation of the effects of Btk, gypsy moth nucleopolyhedrosis product Gypckek and Entomophaga maimaiga on nontarget organisms in broadleaf-pine forests of central Appalachians.
  • Effects of Diflubenzuron on nontarget organisms in broadleaf-forested watersheds in the Northeast.
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