In recent years, Forest Health Protection has participated in international activities throughout the world. FHP’s commitment to forest protection around the world has been recognized and appreciated by the USDA International Programs as well as foreign countries and organizations.
- A five-person International Activity Team (IAT) coordinates international activities nationwide. Regional Coordinators coordinate their Region’s activities with the IAT.
- Goals and objectives for FHP’s international activities are outlined in an annual Program of Work approved and funded by the WO with guidance from the IAT.
- FHP staff submit project proposals to assist developing countries and to participate in international activities such as conferences, training and coordination. The IAT selects proposals for funding.
- Employee’s participation in international activities is at the discretion of the individual’s supervisor. Participation is often an addition to the employee’s individual program of work.
- Partnerships have been established with many organizations such as the FAO of the United Nations, World Bank, USAID, Foreign Agriculture Service, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and many others including several individual countries.
- Expertise and technology provided by FHP in support of international programs include: remote sensing, aerial survey, forest health monitoring, aerial and ground spraying, pesticide training, entomological and pathological assistance, database management, information technology, biological control, GPS, and others.
Examples of international activities conducted by Region 8 FHP staff from 2005-present:
Biological control program for the mealybug Oracella acuta. Biological control of Chinese privet Development of monitoring and suppression techniques for Tomicus yunnanensis Editing the English version of “Forest Insects of China”
Investigating the distribution and the ecological role of a new Dendroctonus species Investigating an insect and disease complex affecting Pinus oocarpa and P. caribbea in Nicaragua
Providing training in bark beetle taxonomy and management Making available satellite coverage of damage from Hurricane Felix to aid response Developing a risk management system for bark beetles in Nicaragua
Assisting aerial application during a jack pine budworm spray project
Japan, Russia, and South Korea
Participating in the Asian gypsy moth monitoring and exclusion program
Establishing a website for the Biotechnology Center of the Kenya Forestry Department Providing technical assistance in mangrove management in Kenya
Establishing a hemlock plantation to preserve hemlock genotype Coordinating a trap and lure study for Sirex noctilio
Training international arboriculturalists in the use of the Tree Failure Database
Invasive species workshop, Malaysia. International Conference on Biological Control of Invasive Species, China. Spray Efficiency Research Group -International meeting, Calgary, Canada. North American Forestry Commission Insect and Disease Work Group, Mexico. Oak Decline Symposium, Portugal. IUFRO meeting for Scolytids and Insect Population Dynamics, Canada. IUFRO meeting on Diseases and Insects of Forest Nurseries, Czechoslovakia.
- FHP is on the forefront of technology development for forest health, and has a tremendous capacity for providing international assistance for forest protection around the world
- Participation in international activities and meetings enhances the skills, knowledge, and leadership of FHP personnel, and provides world-wide recognition of FHP expertise
- FHP should continue to maintain and expand partnerships with international forest health organizations
- FHP should develop and maintain international contacts due to the increased threat of exotic invasive pests in the US.
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