Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1068

2003 Mimic Forest Spray Program For Hemlock Looper

Proponent: Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

  • Project Description:
    • The proponent proposes to implement an aerial insecticide spray program using the product Mimic (tebufenozide) against the hemlock looper insect pest. The proposed forest areas designated for application are forecast to receive moderate to severe defoliation by hemlock looper in 2003. The insecticide program using Mimic (up to approx. 30,000 hectares) is proposed to be a smaller component of the overall control program for the hemlock looper using the biological insecticide, B.t.k (approx. 90,000 hectares). The registration document submitted provides background information on the current infestations, control options, information on the product Mimic, details of the actual spray program and the schedule. Treatment is planned to start in mid to late June (depending on weather affecting insect hatching and development) and continue into early August. The locations of the proposed mimic control program are primarily to take place on the Northern Peninsula between the Coles Pond-Main Brook to St. Anthony Airport areas. In western Newfoundland in the Main River-Upper Humber-Whites River area, near Sandy Lake, and in the Crooked Lake-Landowns Pond area. Also, treatment is proposed in central Newfoundland between Victoria Lake, extending north and east of Noel Paul's Brook to near Sandy Lake-Caledonia Brook.
  • April 7, 2003 - The undertaking was registered.
  • May 12, 2003 - Public comments are due.
  • May 29, 2003 - The Minister released the project from further environmental assessment.

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