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Forest IPM Working Group

Led by Colin Donohue, National Network of Forest Practitioners (Athens, OH), colin@nnfp.org

The majority of forested land in the US is owned by private “family forest” owners. While public agencies have access to current research and management information, small producers often know little about forest threats and management until it is too late. Pests, diseases and exotic invasive plants are in the top three threats to forests according to the US National Report on Sustainable Forests. Climate change and forest fragmentation exacerbate these threats. Our goal is to improve producers’ awareness of key threats to their forest resources, their access to research on threats and integrated management approaches and to increase proactive action in advance of severe infestations. In our first year we will focus on assessing interests, building the network and piloting innovative communication tools using web, social media, webinars and other means, based on audience needs. We will engage 60 organizations interested in forest IPM and educate 200 participants.