WTIP Outdoor News Podcast

Spruce Budworm Expands Across Northeastern Minnesota

Spruce budworm is a native insect and pest in the eyes of many North Shore residents. It continues to decimate balsam firs and to a lesser extent the region’s spruce. As of July 2023, hundreds of thousands of acres of balsam fir trees have either died or are struggling because of spruce budworm.

In this week’s episode, WTIP’s podcast host Joe Friedrichs speaks with Eric Otto Minnesota’s northern region forest health specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about the expansion of spruce budworm in the Superior National Forest.