Early detection of invasive species can be one of the keys to saving our trees and forests.

Designed For
This course is made for arborists, foresters, utility foresters, parks and landscape managers, restoration professionals, neighborhood tree stewards, and others who work with trees in the forest or urban landscape.
Always available
Online | Self-paced
Non-CEU option: free
CEU option: $40
1.5 hours
International Society of Arboriculture: 1.5 credits
Oregon Landscape Contractors Board: 1 CEH 
Oregon Department of Agriculture: approval pending

Exotic invasive forest insects and diseases are a leading cause of damage to natural and urban forests.

Local, state and federal governments often spend millions of dollars trying to eradicate the most damaging insects in order to preserve forest and tree health.

Benefits of Early Pest Detection

Early detection and rapid response are the first lines of defense to eradicate pests before they become established and difficult to control. First detectors are often natural resource professionals and volunteers who happen to notice something unusual while on the job.

Oregon Forest Pest Detector Summary

The College of Forestry's Oregon Forest Pest Detector (OFPD) training course prepares you to identify and report high-priority exotic forest pests. The teaching is designed to be engaging and interactive by featuring videos, narrated presentations and interactive tools.

The OFPD program currently focuses on detection of the emerald ash borer (EAB), Asian longhorn beetle (ALB), and goldspotted oak borer (GSOB).

Upon completion of the OFPD training, you may wish to attend a workshop in your local area where you can practice your skills at identifying and analyzing damage from forests pests. You can find upcoming Pest Detector workshops here

OFPD Learning Objectives

By the end of the online OFPD course you will learn:

  • The impacts and consequences of invasive species to Oregon trees and forests
  • Key forest insect threats: the emerald ash borer (EAB), the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) and goldspotted oak borer (GSOB), and the impacts they could have on Oregon forests and urban landscapes
  • How to recognize EAB, ALB and GSOB in various life stages and distinguish from look-alike insects
  • How to recognize signs and symptoms of these pests
  • How to report a potential invasive pest infestation for the most rapid response; and what happens when an insect is found

Who Can Benefit from Becoming a Forest Pest Detector?

Eradicating pests can be the key to saving trees and natural and urban forests. Therefore, the OFDP course can be a helpful resource for a wide variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Arborists
  • Foresters
  • Landscape contractors
  • Cargo distribution center employees
  • Neighborhood tree volunteers
  • State park and campground personnel
  • OSU Extension volunteers
  • Watershed council members
  • Anyone in the restoration community

Oregon Forest Pest Detectors' Obligations and Responsibilities

There are no obligations. Having taken the course, you will be equipped with skills that you can apply in the course of your day-to-day work or volunteer activities. With these skills, you will become a team player in Oregon's early detection and rapid response strategies for forest insect threats.

Meet Your Expert Instructor

Amy Grotta is a Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

She developed the Oregon Forest Pest Detector program in 2014 in response to growing concerns about emerald ash borer and other insect threats within Oregon. She has a M.S. degree in Forest Science and has worked in forestry Extension programs in the Pacific Northwest since 2004.