of 2005 Activities
- The 39th Meeting of NAFC Insect and Disease Working Group was held in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico , October 25-27, 2005 . The theme of the Meeting was “Pests in Forest Plantations”.
- The U.S. provided a status report on the Exotic Forest Pest Information System (EXFOR). There are 150 pests records including risk assessment, on the EXFOR website: http: //spfnic.fs.fed.us/exfor/ .
- The book “Forest Diseases of Mexico” has been completed. The cost of printing the 3,500 copies will be MX $285.00 per copy.
- Canada and Mexico participated in the development of a Risk Map at the US Forest Health Monitoring meeting in Miami . The task is to develop a North American Risk Map for tree mortality for the next 15 years.
- Two Pest Risk Assessments for Sudden Oak Death (SOD) by Canada and U. S. are available.
- A Charter for a new NAFC Invasive Plant Working Group was developed and approved by the Bureau of Alternates. Both groups will meet jointly in 2006.
- APHIS and USFS are now monitoring Asian Gypsy Moth populations around ports in Japan .
- The USDA Forest Service is a member of the Asian Pacific Forest Commission (APFC) and met in Fiji and formed an Invasive Species Working Group.
Report of Activities Planned for 2006
- Mexico requested cooperation on Dwarf Mistletoe management. Canada and the US will provide expert assistance for a field trip whose dates will be determined by Mexico.
- Canada proposed an update/revision of the NAFC 1967 publication - Insect and Disease of North America on pests common to all three countries. As a first step, each country would develop a list of country pests that will be placed on the EXFOR website with Canada as coordinator.
- Mexico and Canada will develop a Risk Paper on “Plants for Planting” for consideration and discussion by the Working Group.
- Risk Map development requires inventory data coverage of NA from the Inventory & Monitoring Working Group. - The US inventory data is already completed. Canada and Mexico will obtain their country status on coverage on vegetation layer and plot system, and report back to I&D working group.
- Mexico requested that the USDA Forest Service provide training and technology transfer on aerial pesticide application, aerial surveying, bark beetle monitoring, pine blister rust, and port monitoring.
- Mexico proposed the development of a new bark beetle book for North America under the auspices of NAFC. Mexico will provide a prospectus on the book for consideration by the Working Group at the 2006 meeting.
Canada will host the 2006 meeting with the theme of “Biological Control”. The Insect & Disease Working Group will meet jointly with the newly formed Invasive Plants Working Group on October 3 – 5, 2006 at the following location:
Fredericton, NB, Canada