Healthy forests are important in the South. They provide clean air, clean water, jobs, recreation, tourism, healthy habitats for wildlife, and construction materials for homes.
To protect and restore the health of the South's forests that are plagued by insect and disease outbreaks, the Forest Health Protection Unit of the USDA Forest Service uses numerous practices.
These practices include:
- Thinning forests to reduce the risk of devastating diseases and insects from both private and public forestlands.
- Teaching and training professional foresters and landowners about the prevention, detection, evaluation and successful suppression of pest outbreaks.
- Providing financial assistance to private forest landowners for prevention and suppression efforts.
- Visiting and evaluating sites with prevalent pest problems across the South.
- Using the latest technology such as remote sensing to detect infested areas.