Pests and Other Causes of Damage


The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is responsible for survey, detection, and management of forest pests in Vermont.

Non-native species are a high priority concern. Vermont has an Invasive Forest Pest Action Plan to prevent the establishment of invasive pests and limit their spread within the state. Additional information about invasive pests can be found at the Vermont Invasives website.

Publications and links below provide additional information about a number of Invasive Forest Pests, Other Tree Pests and Diseases, Air Pollution and Weather Damage, and Animal Damage


Invasive Forest Pests

Asian Longhorned Beetle: vtinvasives

Balsam Woolly Adelgid

Beech Bark Disease: Agency of Natural Resources: Guidelines for Beech Mast Production Areas


Elongate Hemlock Scale

Emerald Ash Borer: Ash Management Guidance for Land Managers

Emerald Ash Borer:  Information for Vermont Landowners

Emerald Ash Borer: Policy on UVA Plans & Amendments

Emerald Ash Borer Lookalikes

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: vtinvasives

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid  in Vermont - Recommendations for Landowner Response

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and Elongate Hemlock Scale: Managing Threatened Hemlock in Northern New England Forests

Sirex Woodwasp: vtinvasives

Thousand Cankers Disease: vtinvasives

Winter Moth: vtinvasives

Other Tree Pests and Diseases

Anthracnose Disease

Forest Tent Caterpillar Egg Mass Survey Instructions

Forest Tent Caterpillar Update: February 2018

Insect Surveys in Hinesburg Town Forest Following a Wind Event

Management of Balsam Gall Midge in Christmas Tree Plantations

White Pine Needle Damage

Air Pollution and Weather Damage

2012 Christmas Tree Losses: The Role of Late Winter Desiccation

Climate Change

Forest Sensitivity to Acid Deposition

Evaluating Sugarbush Recovery from 2010 Frost Damage 

How Does Late Summer Flooding Affect Trees?

Late Spring Frost Injury May 2010 

Recovery of Stands Damaged by Ice Storms: Advice for Landowners and Foresters

Tree Recovery from Frost Damage in Maple Sugaring Sites, October 2011

Animal Damage

Deer Doing Damage to Land Managed for Production of Marketable Forest Products