Historically, periodic spruce budworm outbreaks have destroyed hundreds of millions of cubic meters of timber, leading to substantial economic losses in New Brunswick. During the past two major outbreaks, a Foliage Protection strategy was used as a reactive, stop-gap measure to suppress defoliation in high-value crown land by culling spruce…

There’s been some welcome good news in New Brunswick’s forestry sector this year - a 90 per cent decrease in the spruce budworm population, the first decrease since 2014. To read more… Publisher: Telegraph Journal English Only

The spruce budworm is a notorious forest pest that has been causing havoc in recent years in Eastern Canada. It feeds on new foliage from spruce and fir trees, often killing them in the process. Rob Johns from the Canadian Forest Service joins us to talk about the measures taken…

In July of 2018, Scott Orazem, a member of Big Sky’s Porcupine Park HOA, noticed a funny thing: many of the fir trees around the development had taken on a rusted hue, their green tarnished by a perimeter of dead red needles as the youngest needles on the trees, which…

To the spruce budworm, for much of its life, tree needles are tasty, and buds for new growth are particularly delicious. To read more... Publisher: The Telegram English Only