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Forest Insects, Diseases and Invasive Plants Working Group
Latest Activities
  • Achievements Highlights

    • Development of the EXFOR information system that compiles information on exotic pests with potential risk for the three countries:
    • Full implementation in Mexico of the digital aerial sketch mapping system used in the US for surveying forest pests.
    • Technical exchange for the implementation in Mexico of the US Forest Health Monitoring system.
    • Aviation safety training for Mexican Aerial Surveyors and aerial spray operations by US experts and follow-up assistance.
    • Implementation in Mexico of the U.S. risk mapping approach.
    • Training of Mexican researchers by US experts on gathering data, analysis and quality assurance of Forest Health indicators incorporated to the National Forest and Soils inventory.
    • Publication of books: Forest Diseases of Mexico (2007); Mistletoes of North America (2002); and Forest Insects of Mexico (1995).
    • Technical exchange on quarantine pests of mutual concern: Asian gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorn beetle, sudden oak death, sirex woodwasp.

  • Recent Meetings and Themes
    • 2016: Puebla, Puebla, Mexico – 24-28 October, 2016
      • Strategic planning
      • Forest health monitoring
      • Phytosanitary surveillance
      • Invasive species
    • 2016: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico – June 2016
      • Early detection and rapid response to ambrosia bark beetles complex
    • 2015: Loveland, Colorado, United States – 26-30 October, 2015
      • Strategic planning
    • 2014: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – February 4-6, 2014
      • Forest pathology:  Challenges and perspectives for science and policy in North American forests
      • Urban forestry and invasive species: best management practices
      • Mountain pine beetle risk assessment: lessons learned and implications for response
    • 2012: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico - October 15-19, 012
      • Pest risk mapping
    • 2010: Washington D.C., United States - 25-29 October 2010.
      • Monitoring procedures for potential exotic pests in entry ports
    • 2009: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, October 5-9, 2009
      • Managing our forest insects, diseases and invasive plants for a certainly uncertain future

  • Future Focus
    • Maintain efforts toward continental pest risk mapping.
    • Maintain technical exchange on quarantine pests of trilateral concern using the EXFOR information system as the platform.
    • Continue to exchange best practices in pest monitoring and identification.
    • Develop a list of high priority invasive plant species common to North America.
    • Collaborate on developing new book “Bark Beetles of North America”.
    • Maintain dialogue on challenges related to the loss of forest pathology research, monitoring and identification capacity.
    • Share experiences and best practices in information/technology transfer with urban forest stakeholders.
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The Forest Insects and Disease Working Group promotes the protection of forest resources throughout North America for the benefit of member countries and future generations. The Working Group aims to achieve this through: a) the prevention and eradication of forest insects and diseases and b) the maintenance and improvement of tree and forest health in through international cooperation that supports forest health initiatives


  • Advise the NAFC and other authoritative North American organizations on major forest health issues faced by the three countries and requiring special attention from a research and policy perspective.
  • Facilitate technical knowledge exchanges informing proactive and effective pest risk management at the country and North American level.
  • Facilitate partnerships between key players involved in forest health management in North America and beyond


Mexico Canada USA

Abel Plascencia Gonzalez
Gerente, Gerencia de Sanidad

Alejandro De Felipe TeodoroSubgerente, Subgerencia de diagnostico

Myra Margarita Valdez Lizarraga
Jefe de departamento, Departamento de monitoreo y control de especies invasoras

Dionicio Alvarado RosalesInvestigador Titular, Fitopathologia forestal

Gustavo Gonzales Villa Lobos

Alejandro de Felipe Teodoro

Ana Isabel GonzalesSubcoordinadora de Especies Invasoras

David Cibrián Tovar
Universidad Autónoma Chapingo


Jean-Luc St-Germain
Policy Analyst
Natural Resources Canada

Ken Farr
Manager, Science Integration
Natural Resources Canada



Monica Lear
Director, Forest Health Protection
State & Private Forestry
USDA Forest Service
Tel: +01 (703) 605-5344

Paul Chaloux
National Policy Manager
Emerald Ash Borer Program
Gypsy Moth Program
Plant Protection Quarantine
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Tel: +01 (301) 851-2064

Deborah C Hayes
National Program Leader, Invasive Species
Acting National Program Leader, Watershed and Soil
USDA Forest Service
Tel: 703-605-5284



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