Starting in 2015, the USDA Forest Service entered a partnership with Arnold Arboretum (Boston, MA) and Green-Wood Cemetery (Brooklyn, NY) to sample stressed trees for native and non-native wood boring insect species, specifically targeting potential unknown forest pests that might be lurking in municipal trees. The results, recently summarized in the latest issue of the journal Agricultural and Forest Entomology, provide important data on insect/tree relationships and offer a few surprises.

Authors: Michael Bohne and Marc DiGirolomo, USDA Forest Service, Eastern Region, Forest Health