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Northern Research Station
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 231-9318
(608) 231-9544 TTY/TDD

People and Their Environments

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Tree Pests and Diseases

Root sprouts and crown dieback are typical indicators of a tree infested with the emerald ash borer (photo by Dan Hermes,The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org). In our global world, tree pests and diseases can easily be spread to new places where there are no natural enemies to keep them in check. The widespread loss of trees in both developed and remote areas can lead to expensive removal and replacement costs and challenges for future management of the forest resources.

We study the economic and social impacts of tree pests and diseases in order to understand the value and meanings of forests in our lives. Our research helps develop best management practices for anticipating, managing, and recovering from new infestations of tree pests and diseases.

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Last Modified: 11/04/2014