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Who We Are
Forest Health Protection (FHP) traces its roots to the early 1960's. Plagued by serious insect and disease outbreaks, such as southern pine beetle, chestnut blight, gypsy moth and fusiform rust, the Forest Service saw the need for a specialized unit designed to work exclusively on pest problems related to forest resource productivity and management.
The unit provides technical assistance in the prevention, detection, evaluation, and suppression of forest insect and disease pest problems. In addition, expertise is available in the areas of seed orchard pest management, nursery disease problems, pesticide use, protection of wood in use, and remote sensing for monitoring insect populations and/or damage.
FHP is comparable to other specialized Forest Service units, such as engineering, recreation, and wildlife. The most significant difference is that we provide forest health assistance not only to managers of National Forests, but to managers of all forested lands.
Where We Work
FHP maintains three offices in the Southern Region. Our headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia and we have two field offices. One in Alexandria, Louisiana services the Western Gulf States and one in Asheville, North Carolina which serves the Southeastern United States. The Asheville field office serves Virginia, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Alexandria field office serves Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama. FHP also administers the Resistance Screening Center near Asheville. There seedlings are screened for genetic resistance to destructive diseases.
The Director of Forest Health Protection is on the Regional Forester's immediate staff as are the unit leaders of Recreation, Forest Products, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Range, etc.
Who Are Our Clients?
FHP provides assistance to:
What We Provide
In FHP,we provide a wide range of technical assistance for management of forest pests. In some instances, we also provide financial support.
Cooperative Prevention and Suppression Programs
Forest Health Monitoring
Purpose of Our Staff
The PURPOSE of Forest Health Protection is to partnership with state and federal cooperators in providing technical assistance, technology transfer, evaluations, suppression, eradication, technology development, monitoring and planning to protect, improve and restore the health of the South's forested ecosystems.
The mission of Forest Health Protection - Southern Region is to increase community awareness of forest health issues; and, in cooperation with federal, state and private partners, to provide strategies and methods to protect, improve and restore the health of forest ecosystems in the South.
The vision of Forest Health Protection - Southern Region is successful management of the forested ecosystems of the South so they are viewed as healthy.
USDA Forest Service - Forest Health Protection, Southern