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Trees in Trouble


Gain insight into the forest pest problem and discover policy actions we can take to protect our trees in this science conversation featuring forest ecologist Gary Lovett.

Trees play a critical role in keeping people and the planet healthy. They filter air pollution, reduce flooding, cool neighborhoods, provide wildlife habitat, and store carbon that would otherwise contribute to climate change. Unfortunately, our trees are in trouble. 

Imported forest pests, like the emerald ash borer and spotted lanternfly, are quietly decimating forests, street trees, and parks in every state across the US. Losing trees means we’re also losing the essential services they perform.

Removing and replanting lost trees isn’t cheap. Damages caused by forest pests cost homeowners and municipalities billions of dollars annually. Costs associated with Asian longhorned beetle alone are projected to reach $12.7 billion this year. 

This conversation will explore the forest pest problem, including updates on the newest threats and policy actions we can take to protect our trees. Together, we can stem the tide of pest invasions.

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Additional resources

Talk slides
Tree-SMART Trade solutions paper

Forest Pests of North America
Bug Wood App
USDA Forest Service Invasive Species Profiles
First Detector Program
Center for Invasive Species Prevention

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