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Budworm a new problem for BC Interior

A defoliating forest insect is building "almost in a circle around us," threatening both logging values and backyard trees, a provincial entomologist based in Kamloops said Friday.

While analysis is not yet complete, Lorraine MacLauchlan told reporters for the Kamloops Daily News that there is evidence of rising Western budworm attack on fir trees close to the city.

"If you drive over the Coquihalla you get a sense - it's severe… You walk into stands," she said. "You see defoliation and there's moths everywhere."

An agrologist who specializes in working with private landowners said some in the Paul Lake area were hit hard this year, something that threatens to be worse next year.

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