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This report was initiated by the Maine Forest Service (MFS) in response to concerns that a serious effort was needed to capture the experiences and lessons learned during the 1970-85 spruce budworm outbreak in Maine. The report synthesizes the observations and experiences of land managers, as well as the principal results of recent scientific research on spruce budworm in Maine. This report briefly reviews budworm population dynamics and interactions with the forest, then describes the budworm's impacts in detail. It then reviews the three principal responses: survey and detection; spraying; and silviculture and salvage. It then offers an overview of the outbreak's effects and provides a summary of conclusions and recommendations for the future.
Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
spruce budworm, Maine
Forest Biology | Forest Management
Irland, L.C., J.B. Dimond, J.L. Stone, J. Falk, and E. Baum. 1988. The spruce budworm outbreak in Maine in the 1970's–Assessment and directions for the future. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 819.