Andrew Fedora, executive director of the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners, who also is on the steering committee of the National Task-force set up for the pest, is expressing his concern about the recent discovery of Brown Spruce Longhorn beetle in New Brunswick.
“If the maritime region isn’t perceived to be doing all it can do to prevent the spread of that bug, then that could severely restrict trade relations with the U.S.,” he said. “It doesn’t have a passport, and with that, there’s a threat of tighter regulations.”
The brown spruce longhorn beetle is very invasive, more invasive than it is destructive. After a beetle is found in a new area, a one kilometre wide quarantine zone is place, restricting the movement of all spruce roundwood, bark, and chips.