Balance and Barrier

Welcome to Forestcast

Produced and hosted by Jonathan Yales

emerald ash borergypsy mothhemlock woolly adelgidAsian longhorned beetle

The Northern Research Station invites you inside the largest forest research organization in the world — the USDA's Forest Service — for conversations with scientists at the forefront of forest research. Forestcast brings you stories, interviews, and special in-depth anthologies of the science that's examining and explaining how forests affect our lives, and how we affect our forests.

To kick things off, a special six-part series on one of the most significant environmental threat to our forests, and the scientists studying and combating these threats.

Jonathan Yales
Welcome to Forestcast, a new research podcast from the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. I’m, Jon Yales. And pretty soon, I’ll be bringing you stories, interviews, and special in-depth series on the science that's examining and explaining how forests affect our lives and how we affect our forests. To kick things off, we’ll be dropping a special six-part series on the most significant environmental threat to our forests. But, since I already have you, I’ll give you a sneak peak right now.
Jonathan Yales
Forests, in virtually all regions of the world, are being invaded — invaded by insects. Each and every year, two to three new insects invade, and attack, our trees. We call these insects “pests,” and they are probably the most significant environmental threat to our forests. From the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, comes “Balance & Barrier”, a special six-part podcast on insects that are invading, and attacking, the trees and forests of the Midwest and the Northeast. First up: the emerald ash borer.
Leah Bauer
I’m trying to avoid going into the swamp if we don’t have to, just because of the rubber boot problem. The boots get pretty helpful when you’re dealing with ash trees because that’s where the green ash lives in this part of Michigan mostly.
Jonathan Yales
Then, the gypsy moth.
Sandy Liebhold
If you have any kind of fear of insects, the gyspy moth tends to sort of bring those out because you'll have thousands of these hairy caterpillars crawling around. I love insects, and I've experienced a gypsy moth outbreak in my yard, and I have to admit, it wasn't fun.
Jonathan Yales
The hemlock woolly adelgid.
Nathan Havill
It’s really remarkable that these little tiny insects that have these long straw-like mouthparts that are about four-times the length of their body can drill those inside tree — through wood — and locate these storage cells and suck all the nutrients out for themselves.
Jonathan Yales
And finally, the Asian longhorned beetle.
Talbot Trotter
And, the value that’s been assigned to those trees is $669 billion — with a “b.” And so, this is just the cost that would be borne by these cities if the beetle were to spread across the landscape.
Jonathan Yales
See you soon! This podcast is produced by the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.