A healthy forest is a productive forest
Maintaining a healthy forest is an important objective for most forsetland owners. In this section, we'll answer some basic questions about tree health:
- Are you trees healthy or not? How can you tell?
- What are the most common tree health problems, and why do they occur?
- How can you maintain healthy trees and prevent future problems?
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FOREST HEALTH RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED:
We have compiled a list of links to publications, videos, websites, and more...
General Forest Health Information
- Forest health tips by Max Bennet, OSU Extension Agent - Maintaining Healthy Trees in Your Woods
- Forest Health Highlights in Oregon for 2014
- Forest Health Management in Oregon -This on-line series of fact sheets produced by the Oregon Department of Forestry highlights several of the most common insect and disease problems affecting forest trees in Oregon. Includes bark beetles, borers, sucking insects, defoliators, foliage diseases, shoot and twig insects, and root diseases.
- Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Health website
- Washington Department of Natural Resources Forest Health website
Insects and Disease
- OSU Extension Sevice Publications - Oregon State University Extension has several practical publications on forest health issues. You can get these publications in hard copy from your local OSU Extension office, or online at Extension and Experiment Station Communications. Below is a selection of available publications.
- USDA Forest Health Protection Mapping and Reporting - Explore forest insect and disease conditions in the United States using Forest Health Protection Mapping and Reporting Tools.
- Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook - This handbook is intended as a tool for making decisions regarding the control and management of important insect pests in the Pacific Northwest.
- Forest Insects and Diseases in WA and OR - This website contains information on the Aerial Detection Survey (ADS), Forest Health Protection (FHP), publications, reports, field guides, and general websites.
- Forest Pests of North America - The purpose of this website is to provide images of insects, diseases, weeds, and abiotic factors that cause damage to urban, managed, and natural forests.
- Montana Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDLS) - The Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation has many publications on insects and diseases. Below is a selection of available publications.
-Douglas-fir Beetle (FIDL5)
-Armillaria Root Disease (FIDL78)
-Swiss Needle Cast (FIDL181)
- Field Guide to Diseases & Insects of the Rocky Mountain Region - This field guide is a forest management tool for field identification of biotic and abiotic agents that damage native trees in the Rocky Mountain Region.
- Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative - The Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative was established to address challenges to the management of Douglas-fir in OR and WA caused by the current Swiss needle cast epidemic.
- Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of the World - Information and images of economically important beetles that feed on cambium layer or wood of living or recently killed trees and shrubs.
- Oregon Department of Forestry Invasive Species website
- Invasive and Exotic Species of North America website
- Identifying and Managing Mountain Beaver Damage to Forest Resources - This publication describes techniques landowners and land managers can use to mitigate damage caused by mountain beavers.
- Identifying and Managing Vertebrate Damage to Forest Resources
- Abiotic Injury to Forest Trees in Oregon - Three principle types of abiotic injury affect forests and woodlands in Oregon: injury related to weather, to soil, and to human activity.
Climate and Forest Health
- Climate changes directly and indirectly affect the growth and productivity of forests and also affects the frequency and severity of many forest disturbances.
- Climate Change and Forest Health - Information on the effects of climate change on forests and forest pests and the implications for forest health protection and management.
- USFS Forest Health Protection and Global Climate Change - The USFS strategy for dealing with climate change is based on 20 years of targeted research and a century of science and management experience on public and private forest land.