Alien Forest Pest Explorer

Andrew Liebhold and Laura Blackburn

About Alien Forest Pest Explorer

The Alien Forest Pest Explorer (AFPE) is a 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 species of forest pathogens. This site can be used to view maps and pest alerts for each of the 89 forest pests. 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). In 2012 the AFPE was developed using ArcGIS API for Flex and implemented as a component of the FHTET “Pest Portal.”  This was a collaborative effort between NRS and FHTET, now known as FHAAST (Forest Health Assessment & Applied Sciences Team). Unfortunately, this site was decommissioned in April of 2019 and is currently being ported to an ESRI Story Map format. Stay tuned for the unveiling of the new AFPE story map at a currently undetermined date.

As part of ongoing improvement and maintenance of the pest database, pest range data will be constantly updated drawing from field-reports 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.


Last updated: 03/28/2019