Forest Pest Project
Invasive pest insects are a significant threat to our urban and wild forests. Gypsy moths, Asian longhorned beetles, Sirex wood wasps and many other species have the potential to devastate our tree resources. Just one species, the emerald ash borer, has killed tens of millions of trees and is rapidly expanding to uninfected areas. The increased pace of global shipping has increased the ability of invasive insects to reach North America and we all need to take action to help protect our trees.

The best hope we have of dealing with these these invasive pests is to discover them early and the best way to do this is if lots of people are looking. ISAN has developed a unique program that teaches people to recognize and report some of the worst invaders. This program uses fly tying as a basis for educating about the problem. Few people spend more time looking at insects than fly anglers and they are can be a great resource in the effort to identify new introductions.

Through the Forest Pest Fly Tying Project professional and recreational fly tiers learn to tie fly patterns that accurately represent the insects we are concerned about. These trained tiers attend fly fairs and sport shows and teach others about the problem and the solution.

You can learn a lot more about the program by downloading our Forest Pest Project Fly Tiers Handbook.

» What You Can Do

Learn to recognize the pest insects that are of most concern – if you ever see one report it immediately to your local USDA Forest Service, USDA APHIS, Conservation District, Extension office or state forestry department.

There are a lot of great resources to learn more about the forest pest problem. Here are a couple of places to get started!

» Never Move Firewood

Many pest insects are moved as hitchhikers on firewood. Never transport firewood, instead, buy or gather it where you need it. To learn more, visit Don't Move Firewood.

» Pests

If you'd like to learn more about the pests, please check out Hungry Pests and Forest Pests of North America.

» Facebook

We have a special page just for the Forest Pest Project so check us out on Facebook and don't forget to like us!