Learn about Spruce Budworm and Northern Minnesota Forest Ecology
Spruce budworm is a native forest pest of spruce and balsam fir trees. It has a long history in Minnesota and the latest outbreak spans from the north shore to Brinson. This presentation will go over some of the frequently asked questions, including how to identify the insect, what to expect, and what you can do if you find it on your trees. We will also be taking a step back to look at the landscape level impacts of this seemingly destructive pest, including wildfire ecology, forest succession, and the ways humans have changed these relationships, posing new challenges to land managers.
Beth Peterson is a forester for both the North and South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). She works with individual landowners, all over the county, to help them manage conservation concerns in their woods. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a degree in forest ecosystem management.