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Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation

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We provide forest insect, disease and invasive plant survey and monitoring information, and technical and financial assistance to prevent, suppress and control outbreaks threatening forest resources.

Requesting Special Project Proposals

Requests for Special Project Proposals for Fiscal Year 2020 in the following four special program areas administered by Forest Health Protection within State and Private Forestry.

Please review Matching and Indirect Costs for FHP Special Project Grants Document for additional information on indirect costs and matching requirements.

Please note: contents of submitted proposals and reports might be subject to public disclosure.


Forest Health Monitoring Program, Evaluation Monitoring (EM)

Gypsy moth damageGypsy moth damage. Photo by: Bill McNee, Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources, Bugwood.org

A component of the Forest Health Monitoring Program designed to determine the extent, severity, and causes of undesirable changes in forest health.

2020 EM Proposal Instructions and Guidelines (370 KB PDF)

2020 EM New Project Proposal Form (943 KB PDF)

2020 EM Progress Report Form (860 MB PDF)

2020 EM Final Report Form (740 KB PDF)

EM Funded Proposals


Special Technology Development Program (STDP)

Scenic ForestScenic Forest. Photo by: Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

A program to apply research results by developing cutting edge technologies and field operation methods that improve the ability of field specialists to restore and protect America’s forests.

2020 STDP Proposal Instructions and Guidelines (1 MB PDF)

2020 STDP New Project Proposal Form (900 KB PDF)

2020 STDP Progress Report Form (800 KB PDF)

2020 STDP Final Report Form (740 KB PDF)


Forest Service Pesticide Impact Assessment Program (FS-PIAP)

Aerial applicationAerial application. Photo by: Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org

The Forest Service Pesticide Impact Assessment Program evaluates the benefits and impacts of pesticide use in forest environments.

2020 FS-PIAP Proposal Instructions and Guidelines (420 KB PDF)

2020 FS-PIAP New Project Proposal Form (958 KB PDF)

2020 FS-PIAP Progress Report Form (727 KB PDF)

2020 FS-PIAP Final Report Form (729 KB PDF)

FS-PIAP Funded Proposals

FS-PIAP Proposals

2016 FS-PIAP Proposals (35 KB PDF)

2015 FS-PIAP Proposals (73 KB PDF)

2014 FS-PIAP Proposals (99 KB PDF)


Biological Control of Invasive Native and Non-Native Plants (BCIP)

Adult lesser knapweed flower weevilAdult lesser knapweed flower weevil (Larinus minutus), a biological control agent of knapweeds. Photo by: L.L. Berry, Bugwood.org

A component of the Biological Control Program designed to develop technologies that address the spread and impacts of invasive plants.

2020 BCIP Proposal Instructions and Guidelines (267 KB PDF)

2020 BCIP New Project Proposal Form (1 MB PDF)

2020 BCIP Progress Report Form (809 KB PDF)

2020 BCIP Final Report Form (762 KB PDF)

BCIP Proposals

PROPOSALS RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
The dispersal of eriophyid mites with implications to host specificity testing and field releases.
Proposal
Littlefield

Montana State University

$26,521
Combining large-scale ecological, genetic, and insect agent data to improve Leafy Spurge management through biocontrol.
Proposal
West & Gaskin

USDA-ARS Pest Management Research Unit

$21,940
Biological control of hoary cress: mass-rearing, release, and monitoring of the mite Aceria drabae
Proposal
Ode

Colorado State University

$17,243

PROPOSALS RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
Garlic mustard biocontrol: developing a screening protocol to prevent accidental field release of a parasitoid.
Proposal
Katovich

University of Minnesota

$13,563
Establishment of field nurseries for the production of M. janthinus to support a regionally coordinated yellow toadflax biocontrol program.
Proposal
Bean

CO Dept Agriculture

$34,020

PROPOSALS RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
Biological control and management of Ailanthus with Verticillium nonalfalfae: treatment efficacy, post-release monitoring, and non-target effects
Proposal
Rebbeck

USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

$19,800
Buffelgrass Biocontrol in the Sonoran Desert with Foliar Pathogen Phytotoxic Metabolites
Proposal
Masi

Biotechnology and Biological Control Agency, University of Naples

$27,000
Improving the production, distribution and post-release monitoring of Puccinia punctiformis, a naturalized rust fungus for the biological control of Canada thistle, in the West
Proposal
Bean

Colorado Department of Agriculture

$15,120
Biological control of Chinese tallow: Measuring changes in plant demography and local plant communities in Louisiana
Proposal
Diaz

Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University

$25,200
Righting the ship: Using newly BCIP-Developed host specificity assessment techniques to demonstrate the environmental safety of the Houndstongue Root Weevil with the goal to re-petition the Biocontrol Insect for release in the United States
Proposal
Schwarzländer

PSES Department, University of Idaho

$34,000
Technology Development for the Biological Control of Invasive Native and Non-Native Plants
Proposal
Grevstad

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University

$23,931
Suitability of the gall forming mite Aceria genistae for redistribution as a biological control agent of Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) in the western USA: Is the enemy of my enemy a friend?
Proposal
Pratt

USDA/ARS, Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research Unit

$33,298

2016 BCIP PROPOSALS SUMMARY (33 KB PDF)

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
Biological control of Russian knapweed: mass-rearing, release and monitoring the gall stem wasp Aulacidea acroptilonica
Proposal | Progress Report
Ode & Bean

Colorado State University

$33,813
Rearing and evaluating Rhinusa linariae and Mecinus janthinus, biological control agents of yellow toadflax
Proposal | Progress Report
Norton

Colorado State University

$24,800
Knotweed biological control program FY2016: Phenology and voltinism modelling, permits and release preparation
Proposal
Grevstad

Oregon State University

$42,515
Assessing population sizes, biocontrol potential and mass production of the root boring moth Agapeta zoegana for areawide implementation and monitoring of spotted knapweed biocontrol
Proposal | Progress Report
Schwarländer University of Idaho $34,000
Developing an integrated management strategy for flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus)
Proposal | Progress Report
Rice

University of Montana

$34,148

2015 BCIP PROPOSALS SUMMARY (41 KB PDF)

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
Final Pre-Release Investigations of the Knotweed Psyllid
Proposal
Grevstad

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

$51,538
Using an Aggregation Compound Formulation to Focus D. carinulata on Tamarix spp.
Proposal
Weaver

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

$71,700
Pre- and Post-Release Assessments of M. heydenii and R. brondelii Candidate Classical Biological Control Agents for Toadflax
Proposal
Sing

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Bozeman, MT

$37,650
Leveraging Commercial and Agro-forestry Expertise to Identify New Agents for Biocontrol of Albizia
Proposal
Puliafico

USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Volcano, HI

$54,000

2014 BCIP PROPOSALS SUMMARY (48 KB PDF)

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
Biological control of garlic mustard: Completion of host-specificity testing of Ceutorhynchus constrictus and C. scrobicollis following TAG petition review.
Proposal
Becker

University of Minnesota, Department of Agonomy and Plant Genetics

$35,983
Biological control and management of Ailanthus: post-release monitoring and efficacy of Verticillium wilt in Ohio.
Proposal
Rebbeck

USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Delaware, OH

$21,500
Using an aggregation compound formulation to strategically focus Diorhabda carinulata (Desbrochers) on Tamarix spp.: Enhancing the impact of a defoliating herbivore and improv- ing the operational efficiency of monitoring establishment and population expansion.
Proposal
Weaver

Montana State University. Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

$64,700
Host Specificity Testing of the Chondrilla crown moth, Oporopsamma wertheimsteini, for the Biological Control of Rush Skeleton- weed
Proposal
Littlefield

Montana State University. Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

$36,316
A Biological Control Feasibility Study of the Invasive Weed Japanese Stiltgrass, Microstegium vimineum (Trin.) Camus.
Proposal
Hough-Goldstein

University of Delaware Department of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology

$25,000

2013 BCIP PROPOSALS SUMMARY (146 KB PDF)

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
Rearing and Release of Swallow-wort Biocontrol Agents
Proposal
Casagrande

University of Rhode Island, Dept. of Plant Sciences and Entomology

$92,068
Initiating a new yellow toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) biocontrol program with the stem galling weevil Rhinusa pilosa
Proposal
Sing

RMRS/Montana State Univ., Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

$27,025

Russian Knapweed Biocontrol: Propagation, Establishment and Monitoring of Jaapiella ivannikovi, the Russian Knapweed Gall Midge
Proposal

Ode

Colorado State University, Dept. of Bioagricultural Sciences

$39,542
Genetic Markers for Post-release Monitoring of Knotweed Psyllid, Evaluation of Knotweed/Tree Seedling Competition, and Other Activities Supporting Biological Control of Japanese Knotweed
Proposal
VanDriesche

University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Entomology and Environmental Conservation

$48,835
Incorporating Photoperiod in the Prediction of Biocontrol Agent Phenology and Voltinism
Proposal
Grevstad

Oregon State University, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology

$44,767
Buffelgrass Biocontrol in the Sonoran Desert with Foliar Fungal Pathogens and Their Phytotoxic Metabolites
Proposal
Meyer/Geary

RMRS/Brigham Young University, Dept. of Plant Sciences

$21,763

2012 BCIP PROPOSALS SUMMARY (140 KB PDF)

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
Biological control of garlic mustard:  host specificity of a seed-feeding weevil, Ceutorhynchus constictus
Proposal
Becker

Dept. Agronomy and Plant Genetics Univ. of Minnesota St. Paul, MN

$75,000
Using Mogulones borraginis, a potential biocontrol agent for houndstongue, to develop host-specificity testing methods based on olfactory and visual host selection behavior
Proposal
Park

Univ. of Idaho
Moscow, ID

$115,000
Collecting, redistributing, monitoring populations and estimating impacts of the rush skeletonweed root moth, Bradyrrhoa gilveolella
Proposal
Littlefield

Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State Univ.
Bozeman, MT

$67,000
Preliminary evaluation of Pyricularia grisea as a potential biocontrol for invasive bufflegrass in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona
Proposal
Meyer

U.S. Forest Service RMRS
Provo, Utah

$38,000

2011 BCIP PROPOSALS SUMMARY (148 KB PDF)

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
"Biological weed control in your backyard" - Creating an internet portal to synergize youth and community outreach programs in the intermountain and northern regions
Proposal | Final Report
King

Bear River Resource Conservation and Development
North Logan, UT

$33,000
Role of an Ambrosia beetle (Euwallacea validus) in Dissemination of the Fungus Verticillium albo-atrum, Causal Agent of Verticillium Wilt of Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Proposal | Final Report
Davis

Dept. of Plant Pathology Pennsylvania State Univ. University Park, PA 16802

$18,515
“Chem Herding” - Develop environmentally friendly controlled release formulations of Diorhabda biocontrol agent aggregate for field use
Proposal | Final Report
Weaver

Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State Univ.
Bozeman, MT

$15,000
Tamarisk leaf beetle species and impacts on southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Riparian Avifauna, Herpetofaune and Microclimate in the Verde River and Tonto River Watershed, AZ
Proposal
M. Johnson

USGS
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

$36,841
Evaluation of Euclesia spp. for Biocontrol of Miconia calvescens in Hawaii
Proposal
M.T. Johnson

USFS - Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry
Volcano, Hawaii

$63,000
Release and evaluation of impact for the knotwee psyllid (Aphalara itadori) in the northeastern area (MA, VT, NH and NY) on Japanese knotweeds (Fallopia japonica, F. bohemica, and F. sachalinensis)
Proposal
VanDriesche

University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Entomology and Environmental Conservation

$35,000
Implementing EDDMaps to support Forest Service – FHP biological control programs for invasive plants in the US
Proposal
Bargeron

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia Tifton, Georgia

$32,969
Development of Innovative Outreach Tools and Materials on Invasive Plant Identification and Biologically Based Management
Proposal
Schwärzlander

PSES Department, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

$22,000
Student Technology Transfer Intgernship Program for Biological Control of Invasive Plants
Proposal
Sterling

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

$28,500

2010 BCIP PROPOSALS SUMMARY (151 KB PDF)

TITLE INVESTIGATOR AFFILIATION FUND
Biological Control of Spotted Knapweed in the Southeastern U.S.
Proposal | Final Report
Kring Dept. of Entomology University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR $75,000
Final Pre-release Investigations of the Gorse Thrips as a Biocontrol Agent for Gorse (Ulex Europeans) in North America
Proposal | Final Report
Grevstad

Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology Oregon State University Corvallis, OR

$59,426
Continuation of "Biological Control of the Non-native, Highly Invasive Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) Using an Indigenous Fungus
Proposal | Final Report
Davis

Dept. of Plant Pathology Pennsylvania State Univ. University Park, PA 16802

$61,523
Biological Control of Garlic Mustard with the Crown-bearing Weevil, Centorhynchus scrobicollis: Developing and Implementing Strategies for Rearing and Mass Release
Proposal
Becker

Dept. Agronomy and Plant Genetics Univ. of Minnesota St. Paul, MN

$73,059
Developing a Delivery System for Annual Brome Biological Control Using the Seed Bank Pathogen Black Fingers of Death (Pyrenophora semeniperde)
Final Report
Meyer

USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station Shrub Sciences Lab Provo, UT 84606

$67,000
Assessing the Potential for Mecinus janthinus to Improve the Efficacy and Increase the Implementation of yellow toadflax biological control
Proposal | Final Report
Sing

USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station Bozeman, MT

$67,451
Development of a New Biological Cotnrol Agent for Yellow Starthistle to Test Host Specificity of Weevil
Proposal | Final Report
Smith

ARS Western Regional Research Center Albany, CA

$67,092
Implementing EDDMaps to support Forest Service – FHP biological control programs for invasive plants in the US
Proposal | Final Report
Bargeron

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health Univ. of Georgia Tifton, GA

$33,852