Looking for updates and to follow the progress of the research? Lead researcher Dr. Rob Johns (Natural Resources Canada) and his team will provide status updates on testing, results, analysis, and spruce budworm populations over the course of the project.

Although the treatment of ‘hotspots’ in New Brunswick and Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland are complete, the work to prevent a spruce budworm outbreak is still underway.  Spruce budworm field crews are busy in Fredericton and Newfoundland labs processing branch samples collected from trees in both treated and untreated areas.…

Over the past few years, the Healthy Forest Partnership, with the help of its partners and several community scientists, has been closely monitoring spruce budworm populations in Newfoundland. Since 2017, data has shown gradual increases in populations along the western coast. This year, populations have reached levels requiring treatment, and…

Another year of experimental treatments for the Early Intervention Strategy (EIS) have come to pass. The 2020 treatments began on June 7th, when the spruce budworm larvae were entering their mid instar developmental stage. This timing is important as the insecticides we use must be eaten by the larvae to…

We are facing many uncertainties as we work together to navigate the unknowns of a global pandemic. But one thing we do know for sure: protecting our forests both now and for the future is more important than ever before. Despite both similar and different challenges, jurisdictions in Atlantic Canada…

Spruce budworm populations are currently high in the province of Quebec and causing significant defoliation affecting over 9.6 million hectares of forest land in that province. Eating foliage over successive years causes the trees to die costing jobs, impacting the local ecosystems and the environment.  Over the last several years,…