Pests and Weeds

With the right information, you can protect your woods from unwanted guests like the Asian longhorned beetle.

Pests, weeds and diseases can wreak havoc on your woodlands.  As a landowner, you need to fight back. Your trees have little protection against bugs from overseas, but there is plenty you can do. These tips are provided as part of American Forest Foundation's Free the Trees campaign

top five prevention tips

Here are My Land Plan's top ways to get to pests before they harm your woods:

  • Create a Land Plan: You can’t protect what you don’t know! Setting up a Land Plan is a great way to establish goals and track your progress. Create an account on this website and get started by mapping your land.
  • Keep Your Woods Strong: Start by making your woods a tough place for pests to live. When planting, choose resistant trees and keep them strong by spacing them far enough apart. Many pests only attack a single species, so you should have a mix of trees in your woods. Also, use thinning and prescribed burning to reduce competition for resources. Read more.
  • Watch for Warning Signs: Keep an eye out for changes in your woods and stay informed about threats in your area. A spot of yellow or brown might be normal —or it might be a disease that is about to spread to other trees. Learn More.
  • Alert a Professional: To the untrained eye, one type of problem can look similar to another. Take pictures, make notes on your trees’ symptoms, and talk to an expert like a local forester or Cooperative Extension office. Learn more about handling a potential outbreak.
  • Tell Congress to Do More: Sign up for Free the Trees Campaign action alerts to support policies and programs that combat the threat of forest pests. 

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For more information about fighting invasives on your land, keep reading. In this section you will learn about:

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