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Forest Insects & Diseases

Activities & Meetings

Achievements Highlights

  • Development of the EXFOR information system that compiles information on exotic pests with potential risk for the three countries: http://foresthealth.fs.usda.gov/exfor/
  • Full implementation in Mexico of the digital aerial sketch mapping system used in the US for surveying forest pests.
  • Technical exchange for the implementation in Mexico of the US Forest Health Monitoring system.
  • Aviation safety training for Mexican Aerial Surveyors and aerial spray operations by US experts and follow-up assistance.
  • Implementation in Mexico of the U.S. risk mapping approach.
  • Training of Mexican researchers by US experts on gathering data, analysis and quality assurance of Forest Health indicators incorporated to the National Forest and Soils inventory.
  • Publication of books: Forest Diseases of Mexico (2007); Mistletoes of North America (2002); and Forest Insects of Mexico (1995).
  • Technical exchange on quarantine pests of mutual concern: Asian gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorn beetle, sudden oak death, sirex woodwasp.

Recent Meetings and Themes

  • 2014: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – February 4-6, 2014
    • Forest pathology:  Challenges and perspectives for science and policy in North American forests
    • Urban forestry and invasive species: best management practices
    • Mountain pine beetle risk assessment: lessons learned and implications for response
  • 2012: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico - October 15-19, 012
    • Pest risk mapping
  • 2010: Washington D.C., United States - 25-29 October 2010.
    • Monitoring procedures for potential exotic pests in entry ports
  • 2009: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, October 5-9, 2009
    • Managing our forest insects, diseases and invasive plants for a certainly uncertain future

Future Focus

  • Maintain efforts toward continental pest risk mapping.
  • Maintain technical exchange on quarantine pests of trilateral concern using the EXFOR information system as the platform.
  • Continue to exchange best practices in pest monitoring and identification.
  • Develop a list of high priority invasive plant species common to North America.
  • Collaborate on developing new book “Bark Beetles of North America”.
  • Maintain dialogue on challenges related to the loss of forest pathology research, monitoring and identification capacity.
  • Share experiences and best practices in information/technology transfer with urban forest stakeholders.


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