Forest Health and Monitoring

forest tent caterpillar on leaf
Forest tent caterpillar on leaf. (Maine Forest Service)

The Division of Forest Health & Monitoring was established in 1921 to protect the forest, shade and ornamental tree resources of the state from significant insect and disease damage and to provide pest management and damage prevention for homeowners, municipalities, and forest land owners and managers, thereby preserving the overall health of Maine's forest resources (video).

Here are our most frequently asked about tree pests and diseases for the late spring and early summer 2022:

  • Spongy Moth (PDF | 304 KB)  Western Maine and several other scattered locations are currently experiencing a spongy moth (formerly Gypsy Moth) outbreak.
    (Target: Hardwoods)
  • White Pine Needle Damage (PDF | 1.08 MB) White pine trees across Maine have experienced annual summer defoliation from white pine needle damage.  Needles begin casting in Mid-June and can last through mid-Summer.
    (Target: White pine)
  • Beech Leaf Disease Beech leaf disease is an emerging disease.
    (Target: Beech)
  • Browntail Moth Maine is currently experiencing a browntail moth outbreak.
    (Target: Hardwoods)
  • Forest Tent Caterpillar (PDF | 136 KB) Northern Aroostook County is currently experiencing a forest tent caterpillar outbreak.
    (Target:  Hardwoods, especially aspen)
  • Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Hemlock woolly adelgid populations are extreme and are causing tree decline and mortality in portions of coastal Maine.
    (Target: Hemlocks)



Want to know more about where pest activity has been observed and quarantines exist? We are working on a consolidated map, but in the meantime, please find these resources for specific observations:


Learn more about what quarantines might affect your forest and tree products at the links below.


Here is a sampling of recent webinars from our staff. You can view other Forest Health Recordings on our YouTube playlist.

Emerald Ash Borer EAB and other Tree Health Concerns Update for Maine Cities and Towns May 2, 2022

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry provided an update for city and town tree and forest managers and public works staff. Topics of the May 2, 2022 meeting in addition to the emerald ash borer update included an update on hardwood defoliators in Maine, information on beech leaf disease and oak wilt and an overview of Maine pesticide regulations.

Municipal Emerald Ash Borer Update December 6, 2021

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is hosted for city and town tree and forest managers as well as public works staff on the known status of emerald ash borer in Maine, current state efforts, municipal opportunities as well as an update on browntail moth.

Landowner Class 101: The Basics of Diagnosing Tree Disorders in Maine June 21, 2021

This presentation in the June 2021 Landowner 101 class covers diagnosing tree disorders in Maine, as well as the latest on the recent discovery of beech leaf disease in Maine.

Towards Early Detection of Oak Wilt in Maine July 8, 2020

Forest Pathologist Aaron Bergdahl presented information about recognition of oak wilt disease.

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Postal address:

168 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0168
Phone: (207) 287-2431

Physical location:

90 Blossom Lane
Augusta, Maine 04333

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Several Maine Forest Service programs are wholly or partially funded by the USDA Forest Service under various authorities.

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USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
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or call (202)720-5964 (voice or TDD).

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