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Invasive Forest Pests in the U.S.: Impacts and Policy Solutions
Presented by Gary Lovett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Science

Invasive forest pests and pathogens, imported as an unwanted byproduct of international trade, are one of the most severe and underappreciated threats to the health of US forests. This webinar will describe the extent of the problem, summarize the ecological and economic impacts of invasive pests in the US, and propose policy solutions to prevent new pests from entering the country.

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Jul 15, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gary Lovett
Forest Ecologist @The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Northeastern forests are threatened by air pollution, climate change, and invasive forest pests. Gary Lovett studies the impacts of these stressors on forest productivity and water quality. Lovett uses computer simulation models and field research in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and White Mountains of New Hampshire to predict the ability of a forest to maintain crucial ecosystem services in the face of environmental change. Lovett advises government agencies and advocacy groups that are working to amend federal regulations to stop invasive forest pests. Through Congressional briefings and interactions with state and federal agency staff, Lovett is promoting Tree-SMART Trade – a series of federal policy actions that would reduce the introduction of new forest pests – in partnership with the Science Policy Exchange.