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Spruce Budworm Policy in Maine: Tradition, Conflict, and Adaptation

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In the late 1970s an outbreak of the spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) combined with rising protection costs, environmental concerns, and recognition of the long-term nature of the infestation demanded new approaches to forest management. Through adaptation of traditional policy, frequent conflict, and innovation the Maine Department of Conservation and private landowners refined their understanding of the budworm infestation and have adopted forest management techniques in lieu of exclusive reliance on insecticides. As knowledge of the budworm problem continues to grow, and as spray costs continue to rise, further revisions in policy will most likely be needed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Associate with the Maine Forest Service, Department of Conservation

Publication date: November 1, 1982

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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