Alien Forest Pest Explorer
About Alien Forest Pest Explorer
The Alien Forest Pest Explorer (AFPE) is a web-based portal for the exploration of spatial data describing the ranges of known damaging non-indigenous forest pests established in the United States. Currently, the AFPE database includes 74 species of forest insects and 15 forest pathogen species. It can be used to generate customized maps and view reports providing biological information, photos, range maps and more. The AFPE was designed as a data resource for professional forest health specialists, professional foresters and the general public.
The AFPE database compilation began as part of a multidisciplinary assessment of the economic impacts of non-native forest insects and diseases that was organized by the University of California at Santa Barbara National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and the Nature Conservancy. The database was expanded and implemented as an online ArcIMS interactive mapping tool in 2005 by Andrew Liebhold and Laura Blackburn, US Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS) with the support of the US Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Center (EFETC) and the US Forest Service Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team (FHTET). The current implementation of the AFPE, launched in 2012, is a collaborative effort between NRS and FHTET, developed using ArcGIS API for Flex and implemented as a component of the FHTET “Pest Portal”.
The AFPE site can be used to explore the US range of established forest pests or view pests regionally by state, county, city or zip code. Users can also navigate to data summaries to view biological information, photos, associated links or download reports. Geospatial data on pest ranges can also be exported as CSV files for use in external GIS projects. AFPE users can also create customized maps and generate reports for preparation of presentations and other reports.
As part of ongoing improvement and maintenance of the FHTET database, pest range data will be constantly updated drawing from field-reporting made by Federal and State forest health specialists. Information on new pest finds is always welcome and we ask individuals who believe they have new data on pest ranges to contact AFPE specialist Laura Blackburn.