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Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Reducing the spread of invasive pests:

  • BMPs FOR ARBORISTS AND TREE CARE WORKERS

    BMPs for Arborists and Tree Care Workers

    Reducing the Spread of Invasive Insects and Pathogens in Cut Wood Invasive insects and diseases are threatening numerous tree species throughout the country. Impacts include tree mortality, destruction of forest and urban habitats, and other significant changes in forest ecosystems due to the decline or elimination of tree species. Many of these pests can be transported in minimally-processed wood, including firewood and wood left behind from tree care operations. Preventing the spread of these pests to new areas is a principal means of protecting valuable forest resources.

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  • BMPs for Preventing the Spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB)

    BMPs for Preventing the Spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB)

    Transporting GSOB-infested logs or firewood can introduce GSOB into un-infested areas. These BMPs were developed to help landowners and the firewood industry safely utilize wood from within a known infestation area.

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