conducting early detection trappings and surveys throughout the state. The goal of the
Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey program (CAPS) is to detect any new, non-native
pests and to monitor the impact of native agricultural pests. This includes: specific exotic
plants, diseases and weeds identified as threats to forests and agriculture lands in West
"Our staff is on the front line of protecting some of our most valuable natural resources.
The sooner we detect invasive species, the better we can mitigate damage," said
Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. "The hope is to preserve West Virginia’s
natural beauty for generations to come.”
The program functions as a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on specific pest-control
issues. The program aims to support export certification programs and contributes data
to the National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) and Integrated Plant Health
Information System (IPHIS) computer databases.