- Field, David B.
University of Maine, School of Forest Resources
An argument for the division of suppression costs between public and private interests according to the monetary returns each realizes from the revenues generated from the spruce-fir timber resource.
The possible consequences of the spruce budworm threat to Maine's economy were recognized by the State's Legislature in the Spruce Budworm Suppression Act (12 MRSA C.213, sub.-c 11-A) of 1976, which directs that "reasonable measures be undertaken to control and suppress infestations of spruce budworm insects in the spruce and fir forests of the State during the years 1976-198l." This law requires that those suppression costs not met by Federal cooperative aid funds be shared by the State and those private landowners within property located ln the Spruce-Fir Forest Protection District according to their respective benefits from the program.