- Peirson, H.B.
State Entomologist of Maine
Aroused by the tremendous damage done by the spruce budworm in the spruce and balsam forests of Maine and the eastern provinces of Canada, the New York State Conservation Department and the Empire State Forest Products Association decided it would be advisable to make a budworm survey of the balsam and and spruce regions of the Adirondacks and Catskills. The objects of the survey were to determine if the spruce budworm had been present, was at present active, or is likely to become a menace in these areas. With the limited time given for the survey it seemed advisable to concentrate on areas having a high percentage of balsam, as it is in such areas that budworm outbreaks invariably start. Consequently five weeks were spent in the balsam areas of the Adirondacks and one week in the balsam areas of the Catskills.