The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies has announced “Saving Our Trees: Preventing Imported Forest Pests,” a virtual panel discussion exploring the imported forest pest problem and policy actions needed to protect trees in our forests, parks, and neighborhoods, set for May 6th.
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.
Trees offer essential services such as filtering air pollution, reducing flooding, cooling neighborhoods, providing wildlife habitat, and storing carbon that would otherwise contribute to climate change. Removing and replanting trees killed by forest pests cost homeowners and municipalities billions annually.
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), and 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. The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.
This event will begin at 7 pm and is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed online.
Photo of invasive forest pests provided by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.