Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods
Increase in the cost of insect control program
against Hemlock Looper
- The fall insect forecast in 1995 showed that the hemlock
looper population is increasing and spreading northward
and along the Humber Valley.
- In order to avoid significant timber losses, the
Department recommended mitigating measures be implemented
using the insecticide B.t.
- The Department prioritized the areas requiring treatment
and feel about 95,000 hectares will require intervention.
- Meetings have been held with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper
and Abitibi Price to develop a strategy.
- Submission has been made to the Department of Environment
and Labour for a license.
- Tenders have been called for spray aircraft and the
purchase of B.t. insecticide.
- Abitibi-Price and Corner Brook Pulp and Paper pay the
cost of treatment on their timber land holdings.
Approximatley 80% of the total cost is paid by these two