USDA Forest Service

Forest Health Protection, Southern Region


USDA Forest Service
Forest Health Protection
Region 8
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Room 816 N
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: (404) 347-7478
Fax: (404) 347-1880

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Southern Forest Health Atlas
of Insects and Diseases

The Forest Health Atlas is a collection of data about forest insects and diseases along with related data for the Southern United States. The states included are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. These data are either specific to an insect or disease, or related data such as weather or soil characteristics. These data are stored in a Geographic Information System (GIS) by layer as shown below.


Insect and Disease Layers Description
Annosus Root Disease Hazard Rating based on soils data
  Vulnerability by County based on Hazard Rating
Balsam Woolly Adelgid Range (Distribution of Spruce-Fir Timber Types
Beech Bark Disease Occurrence by County
Butternut Canker Occurrence by County
  Range (Distribution of Butternut)
Dogwood Anthracnose Occurrence by County by Year
  Hazard Rating (Under Development)
Fusiform Rust Hazard Rating based on historical Fusiform Rust Occurrence
  Range (Distribution of Loblolly and Slash Pine)
Gypsy Moth Defoliation
  Treatment by Aerial Spraying
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Occurrence by County
  Range (Distribution of Hemlock Timber Type)
Littleleaf Disease Vulnerability by County
  Historic Range by County
Oak Decline Occurrence by forest inventory plot
Oak Wilt Occurrence by County
Southern Pine Beetle Outbreak Status by County by Year
Spruce-Fir Mortality Mortality


The related data includes Forest Cover Information, "Forest Inventory and Analysis" data, geographic features, soils data from the "Natural Resources Conservation Service", and weather data from the "National Climatic Data Center".

Having the Atlas data stored in GIS layers allows the data to be analyzed, updated, and used to produce maps and reports. The analysis can look at interactions between insects and diseases as well as relationships with any of the related data. The Atlas layers are kept up as new data become available. Maps are produced from the Atlas data for a variety of uses including publications like "The Health of Southern Forests".

USDA Forest Service - Forest Health Protection, Southern Region
Last Modified: Monday, 16 December 2013 at 14:18:28 CST

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