Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1259

2006 Balsam Fir Sawfly Spray Program Using NeabNPV (Nucleopolyhedrovirus)

Proponent: Dept of Natural Resources, Forestry Services Branch

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

  • Project Description: The Forestry Services Branch propose to use 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 20,000 hectares of mostly selected silviculturally treated forest stands, forecast to receive moderate to severe balsam fir sawfly defoliation in 2006 and at the leading edge of infestation. The registration provides background information on the current infestations, control options, information on the product NeabNPV (which goes by registered trade name - Abietiv), details of the spray program and schedule. The proposal to apply NeabNPV is for a spray area located on the east and west sides of Deer Lake that extend to Goose / North Arm and Bonne Bay Big Pond on the western side, and, to Grand Lake on the eastern side, in western Newfoundland. Treatment is proposed to begin in early-July.
  • May 16, 2006 - The undertaking was registered.
  • June 20, 2006 - Public comments are due.
  • June 30, 2006 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • June 30, 2006 - The Minister announced the project has been released from further environmental assessment review.

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