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Tackling the Spruce Budworm Pest

The Government of Canada announced in Budget 2018 an investment of $74.75 million over five years to combat the spruce budworm in Atlantic Canada. The funding will help reduce the effects of this insect, protect our forests and forest-dependent communities, fund science and research, and strengthen Atlantic Canada’s economy.


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7 facts on Spruce Budworm

1. Spruce budworm is a native insect and the most serious pest affecting the forests of eastern Canada. [Source: Healthy Forest Partnership]

2. Spruce budworm outbreaks occur every 30 to 40 years and last several years. [Source: Healthy Forest Partnership]

3. A severe outbreak can kill up to 90% of mature balsam fir and up to 50% of mature spruce trees. [Source: Healthy Forest Partnership]

4. Outbreaks can last 10 years and take 6 years to kill a tree. [Source: Healthy Forest Partnership]

5. In 2018, the Government of Canada announced $74.5 million to protect Atlantic forests from harmful forest pests.

6. In 2017, the Government of Canada announced $50 million to support reforestation in Quebec.

7. In 2014, the Government of Canada announced $18 million to fight the spruce budworm spread in eastern Canada and Quebec.

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