The trees are dying off at an alarming rate. The losses will be irreparable if action is not taken. The Looper Moth is killing off our beautiful Hemlock trees . Although looper moths prefer hemlock they also attack other evergreens as well as deciduous leaf trees.
The time to complete aerial spraying is next spring. It’s too late for this year but we still have an opportunity for next year. The experts argue that we are in year 3 of a 4 year cycle. Which they maintain is a natural phenomenon, but they fail to take climate change fully into account.
Climate change is a main driver here so the old patterns don't necessarily apply and the old play book doesn't necessarily work. In short, climate change, changes everything. Moths love hot and dry weather, which has become the norm.
Even if we assume that the population of moths declines by 50 percent in year 4 that still means we will be sacrificing thousands of trees in an already stressed forest. I would respectfully encourage the use of aerial spraying of BTK which is safe for both humans and the environment. Please arrive at your own opinion and engage with local politicians. Please contact your mayor,councillors, MLA’s, The Minister of Forests and the office of the premier John Horgan to express your view.
Aerial spraying sounds scary but it’s really not. It has been used widely in Canada for over 40 years. For more information go to thl BC health link listed below.
In any event the devastation suffered by the forest environment if we do nothing, will be catastrophic. If you are at all concerned about this issue take a look at Stanley Park and all of the dead trees. We need to save what's left of Stanley Park, to have a decent chance with reforestation. Its the same story for Lynn Canyon and Capliano Canyon.