The Forest Pest Branch is tasked by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to monitor for, provide control of (when necessary and possible) and to provide outreach and education about a number of forest insect pests and diseases.
Any insects or diseases for which the Forest Pest Branch provides services must first be approved by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and placed on the list of insects and diseases that can be controlled with funds collected by local service or tax districts. To date, the insects and diseases on this list are gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, asian longhorned beetle, thousand canker disease of walnut trees, hemlock wooly adelgid, sudden oak death, and fall cankerworm. In addition to these services, the Forest Pest Branch conducts an active outreach/public education program targeting school and civic groups, and the public at large to promote the benefits of healthy trees and forests.
- Emerald Ash Borer in Fairfax County
- Emerald Ash Borer Insecticide Guide
- Homeowner Emerald Ash Borer Decision Guide
- Video: Emerald Ash Borer and Firewood Quarantine
- Listen to The County Conversation on Cankerworm Pilot Program (Audio)
- Fall Cankerworm
- Video: Fall Cankerworm
- Ask Fairfax! Learn About Fall Cankerworms in Spring
Other Forest Insect Pests