La tordeuse des bourgeons de l’épinette est un parasite des forêts bien connu qui a causé des ravages dans l’est du Canada au cours des dernières années. Elle se nourris du nouveau feuillage des épinettes et des sapins, ce qui peut les tuer. Véronique Martel du Centre de foresterie des Laurentides à Québec nous expliques les mesures prisent pour ralentir l’épidémie de la tordeuse.
The spruce budworm is a notorious forest pest that has been causing havoc in recent years in Eastern Canada. It feeds on new foliage from spruce and fir trees, often killing them in the process. Rob Johns from the Canadian Forest Service joins us to talk about the measures taken to slow down the spruce budworm outbreak.
A project led by Natural Resources Canada has developed a helikite equipped with a net to rise between 400 and 600 metres in the air to collect samples from a cloud made of "trillions" of migrating spruce budworm, said lead researcher Yan Boulanger.
The government is investing almost $75 million dollars to help combat the spread of the spruce budworm. David MacLean with Healthy Forest Partnership says that money will allow them to "manage the population before defoliation happens."
The federal government’s investment of $74.75 million over the next five years will allow the Healthy Forest Partnership to continue important research to prevent a spruce budworm infestation that threatens Atlantic Canada’s forests.
The Trudeau government shifted environmental gears Tuesday, putting a greater emphasis on conservation efforts, but shying away from major new financial commitments for decarbonization and climate change initiatives.