Robert -Fs Mangold

Station Director at U.S. Forest Service

Location:
1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Company:
U.S. Forest Service
HQ Phone:
(800) 832-1355
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Last Updated 8/6/2016

General Information

Employment History

Staff  - Cooperative Forestry

Education

bachelor's degree  - University of New Hampshire

doctorate  - forest genetics , Oregon State University

master's degree  - University of California , Berkeley

Affiliations

Science Advisory Board Member  - American Forests

Position, Private Industry  - Crown Zellerbach Corporation

Geneticist  - Dorena Tree Improvement Center

Web References  

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"Michigan has one of the the worst infestations," said Robert Mangold, the associate deputy chief of research and development for the Forest Service.
It is so bad in fact, the agency stopped surveying the Michigan area this year for the Ash Borer beetle. "Every county in Michigan now seems to be infected with this invasive beetle," Mangold said. Mangold said that pesticide injections will save individual trees, but it's not a realistic ash borer treatment for vast forests. "It is beyond eradication for most areas, especially the Great Lake states," he says. "We are working on biologically controlling these insects and some management techniques tree farmers can use, we are however, concerned about our ash population. "We are trying to manage these pests but they just continue to spread," Mangold said. The ash borer beetle spreads mostly by flying. However, the Great Lakes are particularly vulnerable because the beetles often hide in wood packaging materials used to stabilize cargo. There are regulations in place requiring the use of pesticides to kill these invasive bugs, but they are not infallible, according to Mangold. "There is so much cargo coming in that things get through sometimes," he said. The beetle spreads through firewood and by traveling long distances in trees that have been purchased from nurseries in infected areas. There is however, some good news for the Great Lakes region. Even though the destructive ash borer population is rising, other insects like the Gypsy moth are decreasing rapidly. Mangold says this is due in part to the Forest Service's Slow the Spread program. Decreases in some destructive insect populations are expected over the next few years.

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