DSF, Forest Health Department

The Department of Forest Health (DSF) is a department of the French Ministry of Agriculture responsible for monitoring the health of French forests in mainland France. To ensure the protection and quality of forests, the DSF’s network of foresters monitors forests, diagnoses sylvosanitary problems, and assists and advises managers and owners. It monitors the evolution and impact of forest pests and identifies any emerging problems.

The DSF is organized into 6 regional or inter-regional hubs (North-West, Grand-East, Burgundy-France-Comté, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and South-East), which coordinate the network of 270 field foresters. In Paris, the Direction Générale de l’Alimentation (DGAL) defines the forest health monitoring strategy. Four national experts support the network, covering the following themes: forest pathology, forest entomology, forest dieback, Mediterranean forests, climate change and remote sensing. The strategy for gathering forest health information is thus divided into 3 main areas: specific monitoring of organisms causing the majority of health damage, forest health watch, and surveillance of regulated and emerging organisms.


  • Diagnosis and advice on forest health issues
  • Monitoring the condition of French forests, summarizing and communicating observations

Implications and links with Sycomore

The DSF is involved in two of the scientific projects (RECONFORT & GENFORFUTUR) and in the Sycomore partnership dynamic.