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The Division of Forest Health & Monitoring was established in 1921 to protect the forest, shade and ornamental tree resources of the state from significant insect and disease damage and to provide pest management and damage prevention for homeowners, municipalities, and forest land owners and managers, thereby preserving the overall health of Maine's forest resources (video).
- Need help identifying or advice on managing an insect or disease in the forest or from a tree or shrub? Want to report forest damage from insects, diseases, or abiotic factors? Please fill out our report form.
- Want to stay up-to-date on forest health concerns? Subscribe to our bulletins:
- Need to hire a professional for tree pest control? Consult the list of licensed pesticide applicators.
- Want to learn more about forest insects and diseases in Maine? Check out our forest pest index, list of invasive threats to Maine’s forest and trees, and read past updates in our Condition Reports.
Want to know more about where pest activity has been observed and quarantines exist? We are working on a consolidated map, but in the meantime, please find these resources for specific observations:
- Browntail moth interactive map
- Beech leaf disease
- Hemlock woolly adelgid quarantine and detections
- Emerald ash borer quarantine and detections
- See partner map: biological control releases and recoveries
- European larch canker quarantine
- Spruce budworm (pheromone trap catches, aerial damage survey, ground defoliation survey)
Learn more about what quarantines might affect your forest and tree products at the links below.
- Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine
- European Larch Canker Quarantine
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Quarantine
- White Pine Blister Rust (Ribes) Quarantine
- Firewood Movement into Maine
Here is a sampling of recent webinars from our staff. You can view other Forest Health Recordings on our YouTube playlist.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry hosted guest speakers Cliff Sadof (Purdue University Extension), Jeff Gillis (WellTree Inc) and Tom Ford (The Davey Tree Expert Co) and provided information on managing city and town trees in the presence of emerald ash borer.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry provided an update for city and town tree and forest managers and public works staff on emerald ash borer in Maine. In addition to emerald ash borer, this update covered hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle.
Maine Forest Ranger Erik Ahlquist and Entomologist Mike Parisio discuss the rules of importation of firewood into and throughout Maine. They talk about how to help prevent the spread of invasive insects by limiting the movement of firewood. Invasive insects can have a huge impact on our forests, home, and life. Everyone who enjoys our forests and/or works and depends on our forests have a stake.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry provided an update for city and town tree and forest managers and public works staff on emerald ash borer in Maine. This update featured guest speaker Jeff Tarling, from the City of Portland (retired) and Peter Nelson, with the Schoodic Institute.
Maine Forest Service Entomologist Mike Parisio discusses the results of Maine's various spruce budworm (SBW) population monitoring activities over the last four monitoring seasons spanning from 2019-2022. Topics covered include SBW monitoring through pheromone trapping, light trapping, aerial and ground defoliation surveys, overwintering larval surveys, and touch on management activities by private landowners in recent years.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry provided an update for city and town tree and forest managers and public works staff on emerald ash borer in Maine. In addition to emerald ash borer, this presentations had updates on browntail moth, winter moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, red pine scale and beech leaf disease.
Cameron McIntire, Plant Pathologist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham NH and Aaron Bergdahl, Forest Pathologist with the Maine Forest Service provided an overview of the beech leaf disease situation in the US and Maine.
This presentation in the June 2021 Landowner 101 class covers diagnosing tree disorders in Maine, as well as the latest on the recent discovery of beech leaf disease in Maine.
Maine Forest Service Forest Pathologist Aaron Bergdahl provided information about recognition of oak wilt disease.
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Don’t forget to check out the Hot Topics, and feel free to contact us for more information.
We have offices in Augusta and Old Town and regional field staff. Reach out to be put in contact with a forest entomologist, forest pathologist, field technician or the State Entomologist
Maine Forest Service
90 Blossom Lane, Suite 201, Deering
168 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0168
Maine Forest Service
87 Airport Road
Old Town, ME 04468
Several Maine Forest Service programs are wholly or partially funded by the USDA Forest Service under various authorities.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination: write
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
or call (202)720-5964 (voice or TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.