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Forest Health

The Mississippi Forestry Commission assists Mississippi timber owners in forest pest management by conducting forest pest surveys and evaluations.  Landowners with timber damaged by forest pest will be informed of the location of the damage.  Recommendations for practices on how to salvage timber and reduce/prevent damage from forest pest will be provided to landowners upon request.

Mississippi Forestry Commission's Forest Health Program Species of Concern

Other Forest Health Concerns:

  • Don't Move Firewood (http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/)
    • Across the nation, invasive insects and diseases threaten to destroy shade-lined streets, forest industries, and agriculture. In a new documentary, Trees, Pests & People, The Nature Conservancy’s Forest Health Protection Program interviews concerned citizens and scientists about their stake in tree health across North America—focusing on what members of the public can do to help protect our forest resources.


      Created in partnership with The Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases and the USDA APHIS, the documentary illustrates the wide ranging effects that these threats have on our cities, small businesses, and natural landscapes.


      Trees, Pests & People is the story of three kinds of trees: Walnut, Avocado, and Ash. These trees are united by the threat of invasive insects and diseases—forest pests from other countries that are killing trees across North America. For the Missouri black walnuts, the threat of thousand cankers disease looms from a distance. For Florida’s avocados, each passing day increases the chance that another tree will be found with the deadly laurel wilt fungus. And for the ash trees of Baltimore, the scourge of the emerald ash borer is already a major battle. This is the story of how these pests affect people’s everyday lives, and how we can all help to protect our trees and forests.


      Below is a link to the site that has the trailer and online version of the video. 


Recent Forest Health Articles (2015):

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Other Publications:




The USDA APHIS has launched the “Hungry Pests” website to inform people about the danger of invasive species throughout the US. This website describe hungry pests as invasive species that threaten to harm crops and trees. If left unchecked, they can devastate entire agricultural industries and forests, eliminating jobs, threatening our food supplies and costing billions.   This website gives users the ability to report pests and tips on what the public can do to eliminate the spread of invasive species.



For more information on the Forest Health Program, contact:


Randy Chapin

District Forester, Southwest

P.O. Box 749

515 County Farm Lane NE

Brookhaven, Mississippi 39602-0749

(601) 833-6621 office