The eastern spruce budworm is believed to be the most damaging forest insect in Maine and North America. Outbreaks of the insect that kills balsam fir and spruce trees occur every 30 to 60 years. Severe defoliation already has occurred in southern Quebec; we expect to see outbreak populations of SBW in Maine beginning within the next 3 years. Learn More ›
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The SBW Task Force is a joint effort of the Maine Forest Service, Maine Forest Products Council, and University of Maine's Cooperative Forestry Research Unit along with leading experts on the SBW. This website is supported by the Munsungan Endowment in the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests.
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