Did you know that most tree problems result from a combination of factors? Insects and diseases often get the blame for killing trees, but factors like drought or construction damage are most likely the primary cause of a tree's death. These primary factors weaken a tree's defenses, making it more susceptible to attack by secondary invaders like insect borers and wood-decaying fungi.
Invasive tree pests are insects and diseases that are not native to Missouri. These pests can easily travel in firewood. You can help protect our forests by purchasing firewood where you plan to burn it.
The Missouri Invasive Forest Pest Plan provides an overarching framework for a coordinated response in Missouri to invasive forest insects and diseases. Roles and responsibilities of cooperating agencies and response actions common to most invasive forest pests are defined.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature.