Who Are The Oregon Forest Pest Detectors?
Oregon Forest Pest Detectors (OFPDs) are volunteers that help prevent the damaging impacts of invasive forest pests by monitoring for and reporting potential infestations. They usually already have some baseline knowledge of tree/insect identification and are likely to encounter an infestation as part of their work. Forest Pest Detectors could be: arborists, foresters, and landscape contractors; cargo distribution center employees; neighborhood tree volunteers; state park and campground personnel; OSU Extension volunteers; watershed council members; and others in the restoration community. The OFPD program currently focuses on detection of the emerald ash borer (EAB) and Asian longhorn beetle (ALB); future trainings will include additional pests of concern, such as the Asian gypsy moth (AGM).
Why become an OFPD?
First detections of invasive species are most often made by ordinary citizens who happen to notice something peculiar while on the job in an outdoor setting, or even just doing yardwork at home. This means that OFPDs are very important in early detection and rapid response of control efforts. Watch the video below to learn more:
How do I become an OFPD?
The Oregon Forest Pest Detectors Program offers a comprehensive training designed to prepare volunteers to be Detectors. The training includes a short online course, followed by a half-day field based workshop. You must complete the online training before attending the field workshop. Continuing education credits are available for some organizations. Visit the Program Information page to learn more.