DEEP: Forest Protection

Fire, Insects and Disease

Forest Fire Prevention and Control
The Division of Forestry maintains an active forest fire prevention program and a specially-trained force of fire fighting personnel to combat fires that burn an average of 500 acres of woodland per year. The Division also has crews ready to assist the US Forest Service in controlling large fires across the nation.

Daily Forest Fire Danger Report

Videos - Dry Hydrants and Fire Protection, Handline Construction for Forest Fire Control

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) funds are part of a national allotment for rural fire protection under the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, as amended by the Forest Stewardship Act of 1990.

Mohawk State Forest Prescribed Burn (Spring 2015).  A presentation as to how, under the right conditions, fire can be used as a tool to manage forests in a way that achieves certain objectives.  In this case, on Mohawk Mountain, it is to sustain forest aesthetics while also reducing the chance for more severe, uncontrolled fires.

Forest Health - Insects and Disease
In conjunction with the CT Agricultural Experiment Station, the Division of Forestry is prepared to respond to threats to the health of Connecticut's forests, including those threats posed by insects and disease. 

To learn more about current and potential forest pests, please visit the:
National Firewood Task Force Recommendations
The movement of firewood has been cited in numerous circumstances as the means by which a highly damaging insect or disease has been transported to a new area.  This is of especial concern when the insect or disease is an invasive exotic that is not yet established in a region, such as the Asian longhorned beetle, the emerald ash borer or thousand cankers disease.  This Task Force has some very specific recommendations about how firewood can be better handled to avoid this problem.
National Firewood Task Force Recommendations
APHIS PPQ Comments on the NFTF Recommendations
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) - Identification and Reporting
The Emerald Ash Borer has now been found in Connecticut.  This is an insect of great concern, as it spreads rapidly and is capable of severely depleting the number of ash trees growing in the state.  People are encouraged to become aware of this beetle - to know what it looks like and whom to contact should they encounter this serious pest:
Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) - Identification and Reporting
The Asian Longhorned Beetle has been found in Worcester, MA.  People in Connecticut are encouraged to be vigilant regarding this highly damaging insect, and to report any suspected findings to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.  Details regarding the beetle, including potential host trees, can be found on the following web page:
Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) - Identification and Reporting
The Southern Pine Beetle has been found in Connecticut.  Until recently, it was considered to be restricted largely to the southeastern states. Details about the biology and life cycle, management of the pest in Connecticut and what to do with a suspected find of SPB, can be found on the following page: Southern Pine Beetle (DEEP Division of Forestry Page)
To report any suspected findings of EAB, ALB or SPB contact:
Deputy State Entomologist Dr. Victoria Smith
   CT Agricultural Experiment Station 
   (203) 974-8474
CT State Entomologist Dr. Kirby Stafford
   CT Agricultural Experiment Station
   (203) 974-8485
To use email to report a suspected finding to CAES or to send digital photos:
Please - do not bring suspected insects or wood to the Experiment Station - that only increases the danger of spreading the insect.
Content last updated May 15, 2015