THE NORTH AMERICAN FOREST COMMISSION:
Forest Insects and Diseases

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About Us:

Mission:
The Forest Insects and Disease Working Group promotes the protection of forest resources throughout North America for the benefit of member countries and future generations. The Working Group aims to achieve this through: a) the prevention and eradication of forest insects and diseases and b) the maintenance and improvement of tree and forest health in through international cooperation that supports forest health initiatives

Objectives:

  • Promote the development, improvement and transfer of technology related to the management of insects and disease affecting forest health.
  • Collect, exchange and disseminate information, and technology relevant to the management of insect and disease.
  • Act as a technical advisory body to the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), and to urge NAPPO to deal with issues and provide technical support.
  • Advise and report to the NAFC on progress and challenges in carrying out the objectives and activities.

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Activities:

Report of 2005 Activities

  1. 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”.
  2. 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/ .
  3. The book “Forest Diseases of Mexico” has been completed. The cost of printing the 3,500 copies will be MX $285.00 per copy.
  4. 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.
  5. Two Pest Risk Assessments for Sudden Oak Death (SOD) by Canada and U. S. are available.
  6. 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.
  7. APHIS and USFS are now monitoring Asian Gypsy Moth populations around ports in Japan .
  8. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Mexico and Canada will develop a Risk Paper on “Plants for Planting” for consideration and discussion by the Working Group.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Next 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 Inn
Fredericton, NB, Canada
Tel: 1-800-561-8777

Membership:

  Mexico Canada USA  

Dr. Jaime Villa Castillo
(Chair)
CONAFOR
Periferico Poniente #3560
Col. San Juan de Ocotan
Zapopan, Jalisco
MEXICO
Tel: +52-33-37-77-7094
Fax: +52-33-37-77-7099

E-mail: jvilla@conafor.gob.mx

Juan Jose Jimenez
SEMARNAT
Direccion de Sanidad Forestal
Av. Progreso No. 5, Colonia de Carmen
Coyoacan
MEXICO
Tel: +52-55-56-58-6258
E-mail: juan.jimenez@semarnat.gob.mx

Dr. Armando Equihua Martinez
Instituto de Fitosanidad
Colegia de Postgraduados
Km. 36.5 Carr. Mexico Texcoco
Montecillo, Edo. de Mexico
MEXICO 56230
E-mail: equihuaa@colpos.mx

Dr. Benjamin Moody
(Chair)
Canadian Forest Service
580 Booth St. 12th Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0B4
CANADA
Tel: 1-613-947-9016
Fax: 1-613-947-9035
E-mail: bmoody@nrcan.gc.ca

Dr. Eric Allen
Canadian Forest Service
Pacific Forestry Center
506 West Burnside Road
Victoria, BC
V8Z 1M5
CANADA
Tel: 1-250-363-0674
Fax: 1-250-363-0775
E-mail: eallen@pfc.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca

Shane Sela
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Plant Health Division
506 West Burnside Road
Victoria, BC
V8Z 1M5
CANADA
Tel: 1-250-363-3432
Fax: 1-250-363-0775
E-mail: selas@inspection.gc.ca

Dr. Robert Mangold
US Forest Service -
Forest Health Protection
1601 N. Kent Street
RPC 7th Floor (FHP)
Arlington, VA 22209
USA
Tel: 1-703-605-5340
Fax: 1-703-605-5333
E-mail: rmangold@fs.fed.us

Dr. Jesus A. Cota
US Forest Service -
Forest Health Protection
1601 N. Kent Street
RPC 7th Floor (FHP)
Arlington, VA 22209
USA
Tel: 1-703-605-5333
Fax: 1-703-605-5333

E-mail: jcota@fs.fed.us

Dr. Jimmy L. Reaves
US Forest Service -
Forest Health Protection
1601 N. Kent Street
RPC 7th Floor (FHP)
Arlington, VA 22209
USA
Tel: 1-703-605-5252

E-mail: jreaves@fs.fed.us

Dr. Victor Mastro
Otis Pest Survey
Detection and Exclusion Laboratory
BLDG. 1398
Otis ANGB, MA 02542
USA
Tel: 1-508-563-9303 ext. 212
Fax: 1-508-564-4398
E-mail: vic.mastro@aphis.usda.gov

 

 

     
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