The CAPS program monitors for and detects insect and plant pests that are threats to agricultural and natural ecosystems. This program helps protect the nation's food supply and is integral to the US Department of Homeland Security. New Hampshire's close proximity to the major international ports of Boston, Halifax and Montreal makes it extremely vulnerable to introductions of exotic (non-indigenous) insects and pathogens. The CAPS program facilitates early detection, rapid response and appropriate actions needed to address introduced pests. Current target pests include exotic wood boring beetles that could have serious impacts to our native forests, and several pests that could invade the state through the horticultural plant industry.
Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project is a project in conjunction with USDA-APHIS to provide outreach on injurious forest insect pests, principally Emerald Ash Borer and Asian longhorned beetle. The Division coordinates the project to facilitate forest pest outreach activities provided by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and other state and federal cooperators. If you are interested in available outreach opportunities, please contact the Division.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) survey project is a cooperative agreement with USDA-APHIS to survey for EAB in New Hampshire. Survey efforts include placement and monitoring of purple prism traps in the state, responding to calls from New Hampshire residents regarding potential EAB sightings, and outreach. Following the discovery of EAB in Merrimack County in April of 2013, trap survey efforts for the destructive pest will continue in uninfested counties for the foreseeable future.
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NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Mailing: PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302 -2042
Physical: 25 Capitol Street, Second Floor, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3551 | fax: (603) 271-1109