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U.S. Forest Service
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United States Department of Agriculture

Integrated Pest Management

Pesticide Management & Coordination

The Forest Health Protection staff of the USDA Forest Service has the responsibility of managing and coordinating the proper use of pesticides within the National Forest System (NFS). It is also responsible for providing technical advice and support, and for conducting training to maintain technical expertise.

  • Health & Safety
  • Pesticide Registration
  • Virus Products
  • Pesticide Use Risk Assessments & Worksheets

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Biological Control

The Biological Control program is tiered to the broader Forest Service's National Strategic Framework for Invasive Species Management as well as regional plans dealing with invasive species. The Biological Control program focuses its resources on a few insects and weed species that have the greatest potential for biological control.

  • Identify natural enemies for biological control of invasive species
  • Coordinate funding for biological control
  • Develop recommendations for the restoration of native plant species

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Biopesticides

The Biopesticides Program serves as an up-to-date information source on biopesticides, biologically based products such as semiochemicals and microbial agents, used by State and Private Forestry staffs, nationwide, for short-term control of invasive species.

  • Increase awareness on the use of biopesticides
  • Form partnerships and coordinate the development and implementation of biopesticides

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Hemlock woolly adelgid

Aerial treatment operations- fixed wing aircraft applying pesticide over forest for gypsy moth control. Photo by USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org