Insects and More

Pine Beetle damage. Insects infest millions of acres in our national forests. Photo by James B. Hanson, USDA Forest Service

Infestations by some insects, like the southern pine beetle, have reached epidemic levels in some forests, killing hundreds of thousands of trees, and making the forest more susceptible to fire.

Diseases like sudden oak death, spruce decline, and white pine blister rust take an annual toll on trees in forests around the country.

High winds and severe storms - including ice storms in the winter - can topple trees in a forest like toothpicks.

How You Can Help

Give-A-Tree Cards

Some gifts last a lifetime. Every card you send plants a tree in our national forests.