ARCHIVED - Notice to Industry - Transitioning to a province-wide regulated area for BSLB

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May 1, 2015, Ottawa: As of April 2, 2015, the brown spruce longhorn beetle (BSLB) regulated area has been expanded to include the entire province of Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is phasing in requirements for the updated regulated area and will be working with industry to ensure compliance during this transition period. Specifically, effective immediately:

  • CFIA-issued movement certificates are now required for facilities and people outside of regulated areas receiving regulated spruce products (spruce logs, firewood and lumber that has not been produced by facilities registered by a grading agency).
  • To receive a movement certificate, participation in the BSLB Interim Compliance Program is required.

As of July 1, 2015, facilities outside of Nova Scotia and outside the BSLB-regulated areas in New Brunswick which are receiving /processing spruce regulated products from BSLB-regulated areas, will require a site-specific plan and need to register under the BSLB Risk Mitigation Program. The CFIA will engage with stakeholders to approve facility plans and facilitate participant registration. Regulated areas currently include the entire Province of Nova Scotia and individual sites or areas in New Brunswick under Notices of Prohibition of Movement.

Any movement of untreated spruce firewood from the BSLB regulated area without CFIA authorization continues to be prohibited. The movement of wood products by individuals is the greatest risk to the rapid and long distance spread of BSLB.

The new regulated area supports the CFIA's goal of slowing the further spread of BSLB through risk mitigation of the highest risk pathways. This approach to regulation is consistent with domestic and international pest management standards and is being pursued in order to better protect other Maritime forests and those in other areas of Canada from this invasive insect.

This interim province-based regulation approach will allow for more open regional trade while longer term measures are being considered.

If you have any questions regarding how to obtain movement certificates or how to register for the BSLB risk mitigation program please contact your local CFIA office.

Additional information

Brown spruce longhorn beetle – Additional information

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