Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1129

2004 Balsam Fir Sawfly Experimental Spray Program UsingNeabNPV

Proponent: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

  • Project Description:
    The Canadian Forest Service propose to carry out an experimental research application of a highly species-specific microbial biological control agent (balsam fir sawfly Nucleopolyhedrovirus - NeabNPV) against it's natural host the balsam fir sawfly. Applications would be made aerially on up to 5,000 hectares of mostly selected silviculturally treated forest stands, forecast to receive moderate to severe balsam fir sawfly defoliation in 2004 and at the leading edge of infestation. 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 four sites in western Newfoundland located between the northwest side of Deer Lake and southwest side of Bonne Bay Big Pond. Treatment is proposed to begin in mid-July.
  • May 17, 2004 - The undertaking was registered.
  • June 23, 2004 - Public comments are due.
  • July 1, 2004 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • July 2, 2004 - The Minister announced that the undertaking has been released from further environmental assessment.

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