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Dr. Robert Wagner Invites a Public Feedback on the Spruce Budworm Report

Dr. Robert Wagner, professor of Forestry at Maine University takes a look at one of the most aggressive insects native to Maine. It is called the spruce budworm, a bug that has been responsible for the destruction of millions of spruce trees throughout Maine. Spruce budworm infestations occur in 30–50 year cycles. Between 1970 and 1985 millions of acres of forest were lost.

Dr. Wagner says that the budworm cycle is a natural part of the spruce-fir forest. However, the budworm is also something that Maine and affected areas in Canada need to stay on top of.

Since the onset of the current outbreak, the spruce budworm has defoliated trees on over ten million acres in southern Quebec.

The spruce budworm has increased steadily in northern Maine forest over the past several years. Balsam and White Spruce trees are at greatest risk. Forests at greatest risk stretch across the northern half of the state.The budworm is very destructive and alters the forest landscape every time they appear.

Over the past year, experts from the University of Maine, Maine Forest Service, and Maine Forest Products Council have been working on a risk assessment and statewide preparation plan for the coming spruce budworm outbreak. Dr. Wagner is asking the public for their comments on the report. Public comments will be taken till March 31, 2015. Please send any comments to