Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1324

2007 Balsam Fir Sawfly Program Using Abietiv (nucleopolyhedrovirus)

Proponent: Department of Natural Resources

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

  • Project Description: The Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Services Branch proposes to carry out an operational control program against the balsam fir sawfly in western Newfoundland using the federally registered control agent Avietiv™ (the naturally occurring control agent NeabNPV - nucleopolyhedrovirus of the balsam fir sawfly).Aerial application is proposed on up to approximately 20,000 hectares using fixed wing aircraft in areas forecasted to have moderate to severe defoliation by the insect. The general location is bounded on the west by North Arm ( Bay of Islands ) near Kennedy Lake ; eastward around Bonne Bay Big Pond; towards Adies Pond and the Upper Humber River ; and further eastward towards Sandy Lake / Grand Lake .An additional area is located on the west side of Grand Lake near Johnsons Pond (east of Glide Lake ).The registration document provides background information on the infestation, control options, proposed treatment including Abietiv™ data, safety precautions, a sample of the 2006 Operators License illustrating types of requirements, and the proposed 2007 operating schedule. Treatment is proposed to begin early July, but is dependent on seasonal development of the insect which is weather related.
  • May 10, 2007 - The undertaking was registered.
  • June 14, 2007 - Public comments are due.
  • June 22, 2007 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • July 4, 2007 - The Minister announced the undertaking was released from further environmental assessment review.

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