Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1021

2002 Balsam Fir Sawfly Spray Program Using NPV

Proponent: Canadian Forest Service

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

  • The Canadian Forest Service in co-operation with the Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods is proposing to carry out an experimental research application of a microbial biological control agent (balsam fir sawfly Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus - NeabNPV). Applications would be made aerially to some 5,000 hectares on selected silviculturally treated forest stands forecast to receive moderate to severe balsam fir sawfly defoliation in 2002. The registration document submitted provides background information on the current infestations, control options, information on the product NeabNPV, details of the actual spray program and the schedule. It is proposed to apply NeabNPV to three selected sites in western Newfoundland in the Corner Brook region, including: (1) west of Cooks Brook, 1,300 hectares; (2) north of Corner Brook Lake, 500 hectares; and (3) south of Old Mans Pond, 3,200 hectares. Treatment is proposed to begin in July.
  • May 31, 2002 - The undertaking was registered.
  • July 5, 2002 - Public comments were due.
  • July 16, 2002 - The Minister announced that the undertaking was released from further assessment subject to conditions.

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