September 22, 2020

Outdoors in Maine: The dastardly spruce budworm returns

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I remember it well. By the early 1980s the spruce budworm had destroyed more than 20 percent of Maine’s fir forest. The budworm assault has been likened to a “slow-moving hurricane.” Timberland owners had little choice: harvest the defoliated trees immediately or lose the economic value of huge tracts of forest. The result, of course, was expansive and controversial clear cuts the likes of which Maine had never seen. Clear cuts are not pleasing to the eye. Neither is the knowledge that miles of Maine forest lands that are home to fish and wildlife are being inundated with insecticides.

Source: Outdoors in Maine: The dastardly spruce budworm returns | Sun Journal

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