Forest pests (insects and diseases) annually destroy 10 times the volume of timber lost due to forest fires. Native bark beetles took hold in Southern California forests following severe drought years and caused unprecedented tree mortality. The introduced Pitch Canker Disease has attacked Monterey pine along the central coast. Sudden Oak Death, caused by Phytophthora ramorum, has been found in 14 counties in California and has killed thousands of oaks. CAL FIRE's forest pest specialists help protect the state's forest resources from native and introduced pests, conduct surveys and provide technical assistance to private forest landowners, and promote forest health on all forest lands.

 

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Contact Information

Cascade and Northern Sierra:
Dr. Curtis Ewing
6105 Airport Rd.
Redding, CA  96002
Cell: 916-201-7032
Curtis.Ewing@CALFIRE

North Coast:
Chris Lee
118 S. Fortuna Blvd.
Fortuna, CA  95540-2705
(707) 726-1254
Christopher.Lee@fire.ca.gov

Central and Southern Sierra:
Tom Smith
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94266-2460
(916) 599-6882
Tom.Smith@fire.ca.gov

South Coast and Southern CA:
Kim Corella
635 N. Santa Rosa
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 550-8583
Kim.Corella@fire.ca.gov