The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the brown spruce longhorn beetle (BSLB) near a campground within the Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick. This is the first find of BSLB in New Brunswick and the first outside of Nova Scotia. It is suspected that the pest was transported to New Brunswick on firewood. This new find is nearly 165 kilometres away from the closest positive BSLB site located in Westchester Station, Nova Scotia.
Materials that could spread the beetle will be restricted from moving in and out of a minimum one-kilometre area surrounding the find-site in the park. Restricted materials will include spruce logs (including spruce firewood), bark and wood chips (larger than 4 centimetres). Further restrictions may be required.
"The CFIA is committed to working closely with other federal departments and agencies, provincial and municipal governments, and industry towards slowing the spread of BSLB," said CFIA President George Da Pont.
Under IPPC Standards, BSLB is considered to be a pest that is present in some parts of Canada and is subject to official control to prevent further spread.
For more information about the BSLB in Canada, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.