Results and Accomplishments
State and federal agencies, cities, local groups, and volunteers formed rapidly in an intensive, coordinated response that continues today. Professional surveys, public awareness campaigns, technical assistance to communities and residents, and ﬁnancial resources are dedicated to removing and destroying infested trees.
Agencies have found innovative ways to respond quickly: for example, the USDA Forest Service brought in smokejumpers to climb and inspect trees that could not be reached with bucket trucks. Volunteers search trees from the ground.
Speciﬁc actions taken include:
• 10,000 trees have been removed from infested areas.
• 150,000 trees around the perimeter of infested locations have
been treated to prevent infestation.
• 8,000 trees have been replanted.
• Collectively, USDA and state agencies have invested more than $30 million.
• An intensive, coordinated, nationwide public awareness campaign continues.
Today, there are signs that these measures are working: fewer infested trees were found in 2004 than in previous years, and two quarantines outside Chicago have been lifted.