The Healthy Forest Partnership (HFP) arose as a means of researching an early intervention strategy— proposed by researchers from the Canadian Forest Service and the University of New Brunswick—to control spruce budworm populations.

The HFP was formed to harness the collaborative power of an Atlantic-wide partnership between researchers, industry, government and the public to address the impacts of a spruce budworm infestation.

In 2014, the HFP was formed and the first four-year phase of research initiated.  The first phase provided the data and information to show that the concept was viable and had the potential to contain the outbreak of spruce budworm radiating from Québec. A second four-year phase was funded in 2018, allowing the research to continue until 2022.