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Aerial Survey

Insect and disease aerial detection surveys (ADS) are conducted annually using a variety of light fixed and rotor wing aircraft. USFS, state and other federal cooperators work together to complete overview surveys in order to map current year forest injury. Some regions have been conducting ADS for more than 60 years; others have become more active within the last decade. Data collected during these surveys has proven useful in early detection of invasive species, rapid response actions such as quarantine, control or eradication. The effects of endemic pest outbreaks are also recorded and provided to national and local area land managers, referenced in a variety of conditions and congressional reports to aid decision making.

National data sets and map images are available through the FHP Mapping and Reporting

Local data sets and map images are available through Regional FHP Aviation Websites

The Aerial Survey Working Group (ASWG) was established to facilitate nationally the quality, efficiency and safety for all agencies and personnel involved in this important detection and monitoring effort. For more information about the ASWG and its membership, please review the Charter and previous year’s reports. See below for standards, collection methodology, and additional ADS products.

Aerial Survey Working Group
2016 ASWG Photo
January 18-19, 2017 in Loveland, CO
ASWG 2017 Charter
2001 Report 2008 Report 2015 Report
2002 Report 2009 Report 2016 Report
2003 Report 2010 Report 2017 Report
2004 Report 2011 Report 2018 Report
2005 Report 2012 Report  
2006 Report 2013 Report  
2007 Report 2014 Report  
Aerial Survey Standards