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Diagnosing pesky forest pests

Province launches the online Alberta Forest Pest Diagnostic System to help landowners identify and manage a range of forest health issues.

See event listings and more articles in this edition of Agri-News: September 20, 2021 issue

The new Alberta Forest Pest Diagnostic System will help landowners determine the most likely pest problem based on the type of tree and the symptoms they see. Once the problem is determined, the website provides more information about the pest and what can be done to manage it.

‘This website brings tree health right to your fingertips,’ says Tom Hutchison, senior forest health officer with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

‘When you’re looking at a damaged tree, you input the information right in front of you, like discoloration or puncture holes. Everything is in the Alberta context. We’re focusing on the trees and pests found right here at home.’

The information can be useful for a broad spectrum of people, including homeowners and farmers.

‘You could use it to identify pests affecting trees in your backyard, and farmers can use it to help manage pests affecting their shelterbelt trees. For many pests, management options are included. We’re hoping to show homeowners that in many cases there are a variety of pest management options other than pesticides,’ adds Hutchison.

The dynamic tool will continue to be updated with new pests or management options. Users are also welcome to provide feedback on the site.

Visit the Alberta Forest Pest Diagnostic System website:


Connect with the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Forestry Division:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-6807
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

For media inquiries about this article, call Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s media line:
Phone: 780-422-1005

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