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Scientists, foresters discuss spruce budworm situation

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Scientists, researchers and forest professionals closely examined the situation in the planned treatment to fight against the ravages of spruce budworm decimating our forests.

Several presentations were given on February 20 at the University of Moncton, Edmundston Campus (UMCE) in the presence of students and faculty of the School of Forestry Campus.

The strategy for early intervention, developed by scientists in 2014 when we lived in a proliferation of the spruce budworm in northern New Brunswick seems to be working. Monitoring populations of the insect shows a significant drop in its presence over the last year if it continues its ravages in Quebec.

An infestation or an outbreak of spruce budworm occurs every 30 to 40 years. The infestation of this native insect was found in Quebec since 2006.

The symposium was organized by the School of Forestry UMCE in collaboration with the Partnership for a body healthy forest, including brought together experts from the Canadian Forest Service, the company Forest Protection Limited and the Ministry of Development of energy and resources in New Brunswick.

For a detailed description of the presentations: http://www.healthyforestpartnership.ca/docs/EIS-SBW_Workshop_Agenda-Ed-Fra_final.pdf

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