Wood Packaging Initiative

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This will be a page including:

  • A description of the First Detectors initiative in brief
  • A annotated list of both links outbound to resources, and PDFs uploaded to this site (to ensure materials are not lost over time) that we used as examples and research materials
  • other items TBD

First Detectors Solid Wood Packaging Initiative

The First Detectors initiative works to stop the spread of forest pests through solid wood packaging containers by educating employees of distribution centers and warehouses. These shipping facilities are hubs where pallets and crates from all over the world gather in large quantities. These containers can harbor pests that have escaped treatment, or they can become infested after inspection. By educating employees who regularly work with wood containers that can transport harmful hitchhikers, we are able to engage a valuable group of detectors in a key setting.
We aim to engage this group through two unique channels. First, outreach posters that inform people on what to look for, how to report anything unusual, and how to eliminate pests will be hung in distribution centers. Second, we are developing an e-learning course that will be offered to state-licensed pesticide applicators who work in these facilities to earn continuing education units required to maintain their licenses. These educational outreach materials are a synthesis of useful concepts that we identified in a review of existing materials produced by various agencies and governments. A short annotated list of some of the reviewed materials is located here as an archive.

List of Reviewed Outreach Materials

Spotted Lanternfly:

USDA SLF Pest Alert: A two-page fact sheet with a few select images representing key life stages and basic information on background, distribution and spread, damage caused, identification, life cycle, where to look, and general reporting guidelines.

New York State SLF Fact Sheet: Two-page document with pictures of various life stages, info on ID, geographic location, history of infestation, threat posed, mechanisms of spread, signs of infestation, and what to do if you find them (ID, photograph, report). Includes state reporting link and state contact info. Informative and instructional.

Penn State Extension Guide to SLF Management for Homeowners: Four-page document detailing the problem, ID of various life stages, 5-step guide to management (don’t spread, scrape eggs, band trees, remove trees, insecticide), discussion of table showing chemical control options, reporting info. Instructional.

Asian Longhorned Beetle:

USDA ALB Pest Alert: Two-page document briefly describing the pest and its origin, preferred tree species, tree removal and chipping, ALB life history, collection instructions, and general direction to contact state officials for reporting. Second page has pictures (mostly signs to look for on trees). Mix of informative and instructional.

Canadian Food Inspection ALB Agency Poster: A poster of captioned photos of signs and symptoms of ALB with a very brief description of adult insects, that they kill trees, a short list of ALB preferred species, pictures of insects easily confused with ALB, reporting hotline and link to more info. Instructional and functional.

New York State ALB Fact Sheet: Two-page document with pictures of various life stages, info on ID, geographic location, history of infestation, threat posed, mechanisms of spread, signs of infestation, and what to do if you find them (ID, photograph, report). Includes state reporting link and state contact info. Informative and instructional.

Gypsy Moths:

Plant Health Australia AGM Fact Sheet: Two-page document with descriptions of AGM, images of different life stages, mechanisms of spread, a reporting hotline, and disclaimer waiving liability for actions taken (or not taken) based on information provided. Preemptive and informative.

New South Wales AGM Exotic Pest Alert: A more-technical document with descriptions of life stage, life cycle, host range, mechanisms of spread, associated damage, distribution, actions to minimize risk, and reporting info. Preemptive and informative.

USDA AGM Pest Alert: A text document with three images that provides an overview of the threat, history of detection, description of life cycle, mechanisms of spread, links to learn more, and basic reporting guidelines. Mostly informative, somewhat instructional.

Washington State Lymantriid Invasion Fact Sheet: A document that lumps Gypsy Moths, giving broad descriptions of life stages, places to inspect, links to more information, and state-specific reporting hotline and website. General and instructive.

Emerald Ash Borer:

Emerald Ash Borer: The Green Menace: Text-dense brochure-style document with a few pictures and ample info on EAB background, signs and symptoms, role of humans in spread, quarantine areas, biology and behavior, susceptible species, prevention steps to take, and a list of state reporting hotlines. Informative, instructional, and functional.

Unwanted: EAB: Visually fetching poster featuring a calendar-referenced illustration of the life cycle, pictures of ash trees, galleries, insects (both EAB and look-a-likes), and reporting info. Little to no background information or instruction; a streamlined identification tool with EAB-specific contact info.

Emerald Ash Borer: How You Can Help: Tri-fold pamphlet with pictures and text giving steps to recognize host trees, identify signs of infestation, and actions to prevent spread and report. Includes links to more info and eight reporting phone numbers depending on state. Informative and instructive.

Sea Container Outreach:

Sea Container Cleanliness Bulletin: Text document that outlines the threat of transporting invasive species through global shipping lines; focusing on how this can negatively affect business as well as general things to look for during recommended self-inspection and links to more info. Consequential and instructive.

IPPC Fact Sheet: Broad and general outreach document introducing invasive pests in a global context, highlighting the consequences they can have on trade and suggesting self-inspection measures to avoid their transport. General, consequential, and instructive.

Australian Government Pest Alert: Do You Have Stowaways on Board?: A document highlighting ten different types of insect pests to look for, each with a few images and very basic info on what to look for. Universal instructions on collection, destruction, and reporting given for all pests listed. Mostly informative.

Crate Invader: Poster targeted at handlers of SWPC depicting wood and various pests, a brief description of signs to look for, and two reporting phone numbers. Instructive.

Inspect Before Entry: Asian Gypsy Moth: Poster to be displayed in vessels entering ports in Australia, New Zealand, or United States that gives instructions for finding, identifying, removing, and destroying AGM.

  • 2012
  • Published by: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, US Customs and Border Protection, New Zealand Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture, USDA
  • Inspect Before Entry Poster

AGM Pocket Card: Two-sided pocket-size card aimed at sailors with basic info on AGM, pictures, and reporting instructions.