Forest health conditions in North America
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): B. Tkacz; Ben Moody; Jaime Villa-Castillo; Mark E. Fenn
Publication Year: 2008

Cataloging Information

  • Adelges
  • air pollution
  • ash
  • Canada
  • carbon
  • Choristoneura conflictana
  • Choristoneura fumiferana
  • Choristoneura occidentalis
  • cover
  • crowns
  • Dendroctonus frontalis
  • Dendroctonus ponderosae
  • Dendroctonus pseudotsugae
  • Dendroctonus rufipennis
  • diseases
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire management
  • forest fires
  • forest health
  • forest insects
  • forest management
  • forest pathogens
  • fragmentation
  • health factors
  • insects
  • lichens
  • Lithocarpus densiflorus
  • Malacosoma
  • Mexico
  • mortality
  • nitrogen
  • ozone
  • Phytophthora cinnamomi
  • Phytophthora ramorum
  • plant diseases
  • pollution
  • population density
  • post fire recovery
  • Quercus agrifolia
  • Quercus kelloggii
  • S - sulfur
  • soil management
  • soil nutrients
  • soils
  • Tectona grandis
  • wildfires
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Some of the greatest forest health impacts in North America are caused by invasive forest insects and pathogens (e.g., emerald ash borer and sudden oak death in the US), by severe outbreaks of native pests (e.g., mountain pine beetle in Canada), and fires exacerbated by changing climate. Ozone and N and S pollutants continue to impact the health of forests in several regions of North America. Long-term monitoring of forest health indicators has facilitated the assessment of forest health and sustainability in North America. By linking a nationwide network of forest health plots with the more extensive forest inventory, forest health experts in the US have evaluated current trends for major forest health indicators and developed assessments of future risks. Canada and Mexico currently lack nationwide networks of forest health plots. Development and expansion of these networks is critical to effective assessment of future forest health impacts. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Online Link(s):
Tkacz, B., B. Moody, J. V. Castillo, and M. E. Fenn. 2008. Forest health conditions in North America. Environmental Pollution, v. 155, no. 3, p. 409-425. 10.1016/j.envpol.2008.03.003.