Texas A&M Forest Service Forest Health was established in 1962 to deal with an increasing southern pine beetle problem in Southeast Texas. Since then, responsibilities have expanded to include assistance for all major forest health issues throughout the state.
Forest health issues may occur
throughout the state, principally affecting the commercial forests of East
Texas and the woodlands of Central and West Texas. In East Texas, TFS foresters
deliver the federally funded Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Cost Share Program which
provides financial incentives to encourage private landowners to thin young, dense
pine stands. Timely thinning promotes tree vigor and rapid growth, making pine
stands less susceptible to attacks by this destructive forest pest. Within the
woodlands of Central Texas, TFS foresters administer a USDA Forest
Service-sponsored program to manage oak wilt,
a disease that kills oaks across much of the U.S.
The Forest Pest Management Cooperative
provides leadership and guidance on forest health issues to the forest industry and large private landowners in East Texas. Currently, membership dues support efforts aimed at solving forest health problems affecting urban and commercial forests throughout the state.