The Healthy Forest Initiative is a collaborative project between NASA, U.S. Forest Service, and ITD to reduce the likelihood
of forest disturbances, mitigate the effects of disturbances, improve information access through centralization, and improve
tracking of forest risk and disturbance over space and time. ITD is working with the Western Wildland Environmental Threat
Center (Prineville, OR) and the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (Asheville, NC) to develop an integrated
national Early Warning System (EWS) to identify, detect, and rapidly respond to forest environmental threats.
Current Project Activities:
Western Wildland Environmental Threat Center: Component Title: Detection, Mapping, and Monitoring of Sudden Oak Death Using Hyperspectral Imagery
Early Warning System Components Addressed: Infectious Plant Diseases
Study Location: Humboldt County, CA and Curry County, OR
Significance: Has killed hundreds of thousands of oak and tanoak trees in Coastal California and Oregon. The pathogen
poses a significant risk to hardwood industry throughout the U.S.
Figure 1. Sudden oak death in California
Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center: Component Title: Identification and Mapping of Invasive Species in the Daniel Boone National Forest Using
Early Warning System Components Addressed: Non-native Invasive Species
Study Location: Daniel Boone National Forest in Eastern Kentucky
Significance: Non-native invasive species have infested over 100 million acres in the U.S. and cost the
Nationís economy $123 billion every year.
Figure 2. Invasive species in the Daniel Boone National Forest
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