Media Advisory: Scientists to present new research findings and policy solutions

WHAT: Press webinar and teleconference to be held with lead authors of new study, Non-Native Forest Insects and Pathogens in the U.S.: Impacts and Policy Options, to be published online today in the journal Ecological Applications. The paper was written by a team of 16 scientists led by Dr. Gary Lovett, a Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. It is the most comprehensive synthesis available on the problem of imported forest pests, covering ecological and economic impacts as well as policy solutions.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 11:00 A.M. – 12 P.M. EDT

WHERE: Teleconference number: 1-866-889-3913
Passcode: 40988
Webinar link*:

WHO: Gary Lovett, PhD, Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
David Orwig, PhD, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
Kathy Fallon Lambert, MS, Harvard Forest, Harvard University; Science Policy Exchange (moderator)

WHY: Imported forest pests arrive through global trade and are the most pressing and under-appreciated forest health  ssue in the U.S. today. They result in billions of dollars in damages each year, with U.S. property owners and municipalities footing most of the bill. The science clearly shows that efforts to prevent new pest imports are not keeping pace with escalating trade and must be strengthened if we are to slow the loss of our nation’s trees. New maps and policy recommendations will be presented.