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U.S. Forest Service
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United States Department of Agriculture

Pesticide Management & Coordination

Reports

Forest Service field units routinely record the name and quantities of pesticides used on National Forest System lands. A listing of pesticide active ingredients and the amounts used by field units is compiled within each Region. Records contain the purpose, by management objective, for which the pesticide was used and the total number of units (i.e. acres, trees, greenhouses) treated with each pesticide. In addition, the records list biological control agents that have been released for the purpose of controlling invasive plant species.

Tree thinning photo.

Thinned, unpruned 15-year old stand after commercial thinning. Photo by Scott Roberts, Mississippi State University.

Pesticides are used on NFS lands for a number of management operations that include:

    1. Thinning or control of specific trees to promote growth of desirable species.
    2. Thinning or control of vegetation to reduce fire fuel.
    3. Site preparation for planting of trees.
    4. Control of vegetation on highways, utility, and railroad rights-of-way in forests.
    5. Control of vegetation in forest nurseries and riparian areas.
    6. Suppression of insects and diseases.
    7. Management of aquatic plants and fish.

The land area treated with pesticides is typically very small and represents approximately one tenth of one percent of the total forest and rangeland area within the NFS lands annually.

Available reports on past pesticide usage within NFS are listed below. Information on recent and future pesticide usage may be obtained from Regional Pesticide Use Coordinators.

The National and Regional reports of pesticide use on Forest Service lands are available for the following fiscal years:
NATIONAL REPORTS REGIONAL REPORTS
2004 (244 KB doc) 2004 (1.3 MB doc)
2003 (497 KB doc) 2003 (1.18 MB doc)
2002 (2.48 MB doc) 2002 (741 KB doc)
2001 (264 KB doc) 2001 (855 KB doc)
2000 (239 KB doc) 2000 (820 KB rtf)
1999 (36 KB PDF) 1999 (142 KB PDF)
Timely Tips Archives:
2003 2002
Issue Number 04-1 Nov/Dec 2003 (108 KB PDF) Issue Number 03-1 Nov/Dec 2002 (92 KB PDF)
Issue Number 03-6 Aug/Sept 2003 (100 KB PDF) Issue Number 02-6 Aug 2002 (97 KB PDF)
Issue Number 03-5 July 2003 (93 KB PDF) Issue Number 02-5 Jun/Jul 2002 (400 KB PDF)
Issue Number 03-4 May/Jun 2003 (85 KB PDF) Issue Number 02-4 Apr/May 02 (389 KB PDF)
Issue Number 03-3 Apr 2003 (90 KB PDF) Issue Number 02-3 Feb/Mar 2002 (89 KB PDF)
Issue Number 03-2 Jan 2003 (77 KB PDF) Issue Number 02-2 Dec 01/Jan 02 (86 KB PDF)
2001 2000
Issue Number 01-7 Jul 2001 (140 KB PDF) Issue Number 01-1 Oct/Nov 2000 (29 KB PDF)
Issue Number 01-6 Jun 2001 (41 KB PDF) Issue Number 00-5 Sep 2000 (26 KB PDF)
Issue Number 01-5 May 2001 (122 KB PDF) Issue Number 00-4 Jul/Aug 2000 (40 KB PDF)
Issue Number 01-4 Mar/Apr 2001 (34 KB PDF) Issue Number 00-3 May/Jun 2000 (26 KB PDF)
Issue Number 01-3 Feb 2001 (33 KB PDF) Issue Number 00-2 April 2000 (25 KB PDF)
Issue Number 01-2 Jan 2001 (32 KB PDF) Issue Number 00-1 Mar 2000 (41 KB PDF)
1999
Issue Number 99-5 Nov/Dec 1999 (32 KB PDF)  
Issue Number 99-5 Jul/Aug 1999 (23 KB PDF)  
Issue Number 99-4 Jun 1999 (24 KB PDF)  
Issue Number 99-3 May 1999 (30 KB PDF)