‘Imminent’ spruce budworm outbreak worries forest industry

New Brunswick is on the brink of another spruce budworm outbreak and the forestry industry — the largest in the province — is doing everything in its power to prevent massive defoliation like that of the 1970s.

But to control the insect’s population, the province is banking on a different approach than the intensive aerial spraying of the past, according to the research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service.

“We’re trying to do a very surgical targeted, very small areas, instead of treating half the province, which happened during the previous outbreak,” said Johns.

Scientists together with the industry have started treating several hot spots in New Brunswick in the face of a looming epidemic.

Source: ‘Imminent’ spruce budworm outbreak worries forest industry – New Brunswick – CBC News