As spruce budworm numbers rise, so does the battle against them — except in Gros Morne

Spruce budworm can defoliate spruce and fir trees, and their numbers are rising in western Newfoundland. (Eric Moise/Canadian Forest Service)

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A spraying program is quadrupling to battle rising spruce budworm numbers in western Newfoundland, but Parks Canada has decided to opt out of the effort and let nature take its course within Gros Morne National Park.

About 140,000 hectares of forest, from the Port au Port Peninsula northwards to Castor's River on the Northern Peninsula will be sprayed from the sky with biological insecticide BTK beginning in mid-June.

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Source: CBC News

 

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