WASHINGTON, DC - Enlisting consumers in fighting wood pests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service launched a multi-state public education campaign.

USDA seeks public support for preventing the spread of invasive species that threaten trees and lumber supplies, as well as food crops. 

The major multi-year campaign, dubbed "Hungry Pests," focuses on USDA's most wanted invasive forest and crop species. The launch coincides with April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.

The USDA has also incorporated into a 2012 Forest Planning Rule a program to recover the Western bark Beetle devastation in western states forest, especially Colorado, over the next five years.

USDA will deal with standing dead hazard trees, mitigate fires near population centers, and reforest  areas with the appropriate species. Forests will also be thinned to reduce the number of trees per acre and create more diverse stand structures to minimize extensive epidemic bark beetle areas.

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