About Forest Pests
The dangers of exotic forest pests in North America first became evident when gypsy moth quickly became a problem after its release in 1869 (Howard, 1898). Over the years, hundreds of species of insects and plant pathogens have been introduced to North America (Mattson et al., 1994; Liebhold et al., 1995). While only a portion of them cause dramatic damage to forests or threaten specific species, the results have been devastating.
Please note that a few of the invasive species listed in the Gallery of Pests are not considered pests that can be transported in or on firewood. All pests that are considered to be extremely low risk, or no risk, to spread in or on firewood have a brief note at the top of their Gallery profile page. They are included for general information purposes only.
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