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Asian Longhorned Beetle Exit Holes

Asian longhorned beetle exit holes are about 1/4-inch (slightly smaller than a dime) and perfectly round.

Photo credit: USDA

Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is metallic green and about 1/2-inch long. EAB larvae kill ash trees by feeding under the bark and disrupting the transport of nutrients and water.

Photo Credit: Daniel Herms

Asian Longhorned Beetle

More than 130,000 hardwood trees in the United States have been lost to the Asian longhorned beetle.

Photo Credit: USDA

Don't Move Firewood

Buy local firewood and help prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.

Native Oregon Ash

Oregon ash (Fraxinus latifolia) is at risk if emerald ash borer is introduced to our state.

Photo credit: Tom Brandt

Hands On Experience

OFPD participants evaluate an ash tree with potential emerald ash borer infestation signs and symptoms.

Photo Credit: Amy Grotta

Impact of emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borer killed these ash trees in Toledo Ohio in just three years. Lets keep EAB out of Oregon.

Photo credit: Daniel Herms

OFPD Field Training

Wyatt Williams from Oregon Department of Forestry shows a group of OFPD participants insect galleries on samples of ash bark at a field training.

Photo Credit: Amy Grotta

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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.

News

Forest Service Attaching EAB in Louisiana

The emerald ash borer was detected in Louisiana in February 2015, and since that time local officials have been working towards a way to control the insect. In a join effort between the LSU AgCenter, the U.S. Forest Service, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and USDA APHIS, parasitoid wasps have been released in the EAB-positive regions of the state as a means of biocontrol. 

Saving Ash Trees, One Decoy at a Time

Researchers at Penn State have found a way to lure more male emerald ash borers into traps.

New EAB Locations Map as of May 2015

This map is produced by the USDA Cooperative Emerald Ash Borer Project. Updates are often monthly. Additions to this map from the April 2015 map are: The addition of the initial detections in Dallas County, IA; Fillmore County, MN; Marshall, Preston, Tyler, and Wetzel Counties, WV; and Green County, WI. Additions to the Federal EAB quarantine since the April 1st map are: Dakota County, MN and effective May 1st 2015 the expansion of the quarantine to include all of the State of New York.

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