Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1075

2003 Balsam Fir Sawfly Experimental Spray Program Using NeabNPV

Proponent: Natural Resources Canada, 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 highly species-specific microbial biological control agent (balsam fir sawfly Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus - NeabNPV). Applications would be made aerially to between 5,000 and 10,000 hectares on selected silviculturally treated forest stands forecast to receive moderate to severe balsam fir sawfly defoliation in 2003. 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 schedule. It is proposed to apply NeabNPV to three selected sites in western Newfoundland in the Corner Brook region, including: (1) around Old Man's Pond to the north of Corner Brook; (2) on the west side of Deer Lake across from Pasadena; and (3) above Northern Harbour in Grand Lake to the south and east of Pasadena. Treatment is proposed to begin in mid-July.
  • May 29, 2003 - The undertaking was registered.
  • July 16, 2003 - The Minister announced that the undertaking was released from further environmental assessment.

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