New mobile app to record tree pests.
A new mobile application, MyPestGuide® Trees, is now available to industry, government, and citizen scientists, empowering them to mitigate the impact of invasive pests and diseases on our forests.
The forest, wood and paper products sector is Australia’s sixth largest manufacturing industry. Forestry contributes $9.2 billion to the Australian economy and is worth 0.5% of the country’s GDP. Australia is also the largest exporter of woodchips by volume and the 8th largest exporter of logs, with our total exports being valued at $3.6 billion.
Australian trees and forests provide a diverse array of economic, cultural, environmental, and amenity benefits. While many potentially damaging pests and diseases exist overseas, Australia has robust biosecurity measures in place to mitigate these risks. Even so, exotic pests can and do occasionally reach our shores.Continue Reading