We completed two of the three planned treatment types by June 26th. This covered areas in northern New Brunswick totalling roughly 60 000 hectares. Our team is currently assessing branches from trees in all areas to determine effects on local populations of spruce budworm. The last treatment type, mating disruption of spruce budworm moths using a pheromone simulant, still remains and will be carried out south of Campbellton, New Brunswick over two 500 hectare areas in early July.
Spruce budworm are currently in the latter stages of larval development and will soon be pupating into the adult stage. Citizen Scientists in the northern part of New Brunswick should expect to find moths in their traps any day now.
For more specific information, maps of the above treatment areas can be found at: www.healthyforestparnership.ca.