ALASKA CAPS PROGRAM

What is CAPS?

The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a joint effort between states and federal agriculture agencies. The purpose of this program is to help safeguard agricultural and environmental resources by ensuring that new introductions of harmful exotic pests and diseases are detected before they are able to cause significant damage. This is accomplished through survey, detection, and monitoring efforts of exotic plant pests, which include plant diseases, insects, weeds, nematodes, and other invertebrate organisms. CAPS is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

 

Alaska CAPS Surveys

Alaska has been involved with the CAPS program since the early 1980’s.

Surveys are prioritized based on Alaska’s agricultural and environmental resource industry needs. The Alaska’s CAPS Committee is an advisory group for Alaska CAPS survey activities. When deciding which surveys to conduct, the CAPS program takes into consideration requests made by industry members.

Through the years, CAPS has conducted surveys for potato cyst nematode, emerald ash borer, light brown apple moth, purple loosestrife, Illyrian thistle, giant hogweed, pine wilt nematode, potato late blight, peony mosaic virus, tobacco rattle virus nematode, and thrips associated with peonies to name a few.

 

Alaska CAPS Committee:

The committee is made up of the State Plant Health Director, State Plant Regulatory Official, Pest Survey Specialist, State Survey Coordinator, State Operations Coordinator, and various specialists including plant pathologists, forest entomologists, weed specialists, and cooperative extension service staff. The Alaska CAPS Committee includes individuals who are active in the Alaskan agricultural community and knowledgeable about the pests and diseases that have the potential to make it to and establish in Alaska.

 

Name

Specialty / Function

Address

 

 

 

Timothy St. Germain

 State Plant Health Director for WA & AK

USDA APHIS PPQ33400 9th Avenue S. Federal Way, WA 98003

Mia Kirk

State Plant Regulatory Officer

Alaska Division of Agriculture

1800 Glenn Hwy, Suite 12

Palmer, AK 99645-6736

Yolanda Inguanzo

Pest Survey Specialist for WA & AK, Entomologist

USDA APHIS PPQ

1550 Irving St SW Suite 100

Tumwater, WA 98512

Jacquelyn Schade

State Survey Coordinator

 

Alaska Division of Agriculture

1800 Glenn Highway, Suite 12

Palmer, AK 99645-6736

Clinton Campbell, Ph.D.

State Operations Coordinator Entomologist, WA & AK

USDA-APHIS

 

Gino Graziano

 

University of Alaska – Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service

Pest Mgt. Program Manager

Cooperative Extension Service

1675 C Street

Anchorage, AK 99501

Jessie Moan

University of Alaska – Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service

Cooperative Extension Service

1675 C Street

Anchorage, AK 99501

Phil Kaspari

University of Alaska – Fairbanks Weed Specialist

Grain & Forage

Cooperative Extension Service

P.O. Box 349

Delta Junction, AK 99737

Jason Moan

Forest Entomologist

Alaska Division of Forestry

550 W. 7th Avenue, Ste 1450

Anchorage, AK 99501-3566

Stephen Burr

Forest Entomologist

USDA Forest Service

Alaska State & Private Forestry

3700 Airport Way

Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699

Todd Steinlage

Plant Pathologist

Alaska Division of Agriculture

5310 S Bodenburg Spur

Palmer, AK 996456

Elizabeth Graham

Forest Entomologist

USDA Forest Service

Alaska State & Private Forestry

11175 Auke Lake Way

Juneau, AK 99801

 

 

Current Surveys (2016)

Asian Gypsy Moth Survey

Exotic Wood Boring Bark Beetle Survey

 

Past Surveys  

2015

Asian Gypsy Moth

Exotic Wood Boring Bark Beetle

Mollusk

 

2014

Asian Gypsy Moth Survey

 Small Grains Survey

Nematode Vectors of Tobacco Rattle Virus Survey

 

2013

Area Wide Nematode Survey

Nursery Survey

Thrips Associated with Peony Survey  

 

For more information on current and previous surveys conducted by the Alaska CAPS program, contact the State Survey Coordinator:

Jacquelyn Schade

(907) 761-3858

Jacquelyn.Schade@alaska.gov

 

Featured Pests (more information coming soon):

  • Asian & European Gypsy Moths (Lymantria dispar)
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)
  • Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis)
  • Ramorum Blight (Sudden Oak Death - Phytophtora ramorum)
  • Stubby Root Nematode (Paratrichodorus spp.)
  • Mollusks
  • More pests coming soon!

 

 

Report a featured pest to:

Jacquelyn Schade

State Survey Coordinator

907-761-3858

Jacquelyn.schade@alaska.gov

1800 Glenn Hwy, Suite 12, Palmer AK

 

Additional Resources:

CAPS Website:  https://caps.ceris.purdue.edu/home

Pest Tracker: Exotic Pest Reporting - http://pest.ceris.purdue.edu/

USDA-APHIS-PPQ Website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth

Bugwood Network: www.Bugwood.org