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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Forest Health

The Forest Health unit has statewide responsibility for forest pest surveys, evaluations, and impact assessments. In addition, the Forest Health staff provides technical training to Florida Forest Service personnel, Division of Plant Industry inspectors, and other groups upon request. Technical assistance is provided upon request to Florida Forest Service personnel, county and municipal governments, forest industry, and the general public.

Forest Health staff are also involved in the writing/production of technical and informational literature to provide timely information to Florida's forestry community and citizens. Duties are performed in cooperation with not only the Florida Forest Service, but the Division of Plant Industry, the United States Forest Service, and the University of Florida, as well as other agencies such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and state water management districts. Forest Health program activities are cost-shared with the United States Forest Service, through its Cooperative Forest Health Protection and Forest Health Monitoring Programs.