Forest Entomology and Pathology Program
Promoting forest health and protecting the State's forest resources against disease and pests.
Forest pests (insects and diseases) annually destroy 10 times the volume of timber lost due to forest fires. Native bark and engraver beetles have caused extensive conifer mortality throughout California's forest following years of severe and widespread drought. Invasive beetle species including the GoldSpotted Oak Borer (GSOB), Invasive Shot The introduced Pitch Canker Disease has attacked Monterey pine along the central coast. Sudden Oak Death, caused by Phytophthora ramorum, has been found in 14 counties in California and has killed thousands of oaks. CAL FIRE's forest pest specialists help protect the state's forest resources from native and introduced pests, conduct surveys and provide technical assistance to private forest landowners, and promote forest health on all forest lands. The introduced pitch canker pathogen has attacked Monterey, Bishop, and Shore pines along the central and north coast.
USDA-Pacific Southwest Region Headquarters 1323 Club Drive Vallejo, CA 94592
118 S. Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna, CA 95540-2705
P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94266-2460