USFS Forest Health Protection provides technical and financial support to state,
federal, and tribal agencies related to forest health issues. We also monitor
forest health through direct survey (aerial, ground, trapping) and assessment.
Forests in the northeast face an array of threats, with invasive species and
changing climates at the forefront. Warming climates have been implicated in
the spread of both native and invasive forest insects. Increased frequency of
storms and the severity of these events can create opportunities for bark beetles
and other insects to build damaging populations. Increased drought and tree
stress result in less resilient trees that can succumb to defoliators and other
organisms. I will discuss three projects related to climate and insects, including:
(1) range expansions, (2) severe windstorms, and (3) the interaction of drought,
tree stress, and defoliation on hardwood forests.