Saving Our Trees: Preventing Imported Forest Pests

May 21, 2021

Saving Our Trees: Preventing Imported Forest Pests

Join Cary Institute for a virtual panel discussion exploring the imported forest pest problem and policy actions needed to protect trees in our forests, parks, and neighborhoods.

Imported forest pests are one of the biggest threats facing our nation’s trees. Destructive insects and diseases enter the US via international trade, either in wood packing material, such as shipping pallets, or among live plants. Recent arrivals include: the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and spotted lanternfly.

When we lose trees, we also lose the essential services they perform, such as filtering air pollution, reducing flooding, cooling neighborhoods, providing wildlife habitat, and storing carbon that would otherwise contribute to climate change. It’s an expensive problem, too. Removing and replanting trees killed by forest pests cost homeowners and municipalities billions annually.

Discover why our trees are in trouble, and what you can do to help. This event, moderated by science journalist Gabriel Popkin, will feature: Gary Lovett (forest ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies), Susan Frankel (plant pathologist, USDA Pacific Southwest Research Station), and Faith Campbell (President, Center for Invasive Species Prevention).

The panel discussion will explore the history of the imported forest pest problem, recent challenges, the economics of the issue, the role of horticulture and international shipping, and potential policy and management solutions. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Free and open to all.