Forest pests are a broad catagory of organisms, all of which can drastically change the the structure and composition of a forest or managed grove. This group can include fungi, insects, annelids, bacteria and viruses and has historically been responsible for the decemation of the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata), Butternut (Juglans cineria), and American Elm (Ulmus americana).
While there are countless native species of fungi and inverebrates that are part of the native ecosystem, many forest pests move quickly across a landscape and are very resistant to attempts to manage their spread. This is why it is critical to monitor for the spread of new forest pests.
Currently, the Lower Hudson PRISM is monitoring for the presence of Southern Pine Beetle (Dendrictonus frontalis) and Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) through volunteer monitoring programs.
For more information about these and other volunteer programs, contact us at email@example.com