The Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project is an educational component of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Program
.This project is a collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and UMass Extension Agriculture and Landscape Program, and is funded by the USDA/APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture/ Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)
The overall goals of the project are to increase awareness about introduced pests and to use this heightened awareness to prevent the introduction into Massachusetts of new potentially invasive pests, including plants, insects, and pathogens.
To meet these goals, we:
- Develop an educational network to deliver information about introduced pests to the target audience (professional and trade groups in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry, government staff, environmental organizations, and the general public). This website, email lists, the MIPOP blog and the Asian longhorned beetle Twitter feed are used to inform people about new pests that have been found in Massachusetts. Our partners include extension agencies and the green industry, forestry, and land management associations.
- Educate target audiences about invasive species issues and give them the resources to identify new, potentially invasive, exotic pests that are at high risk to be introduced into Massachusetts. Education is done online or through presentations or tabling at events.
- Host a web-based reporting system for early detection of new pests. The output from this reporting system is used by MDAR to track new pest introductions.
Please email Jennifer Forman Orth
or call (617) 626-1735 if you have any questions or comments.