SOPFIM’s main mandate is to protect Quebec forests during the spruce budworm epidemic. The sectors to be protected are : Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, National Capital (Québec), Gaspésie, and Côte-Nord.
The Société de protection des forêts contre les insectes et maladies (SOPFIM) is a private, non-profit organization created in 1990, following the adoption of the Forest Act. As a result, SOPFIM has become the only organization in Quebec that is involved in the fight against forest insect pests and cryptogamic diseases. Our mission: To protect the forest resource against insects and diseases in harmony with its environment.
Reflecting the vision of its members, SOPFIM aims to be the world reference in terms of the fight against insects and diseases that ravage forests, in full compliance with environmental protection laws and in complete harmony with the environment.
Various means can be used to mitigate damage to forest areas affected by a spruce budworm epidemic, such as preventive harvesting, silvicultural treatments, and aerial spraying with the biological insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki variety (Btk).
SOPFIM’s members include industries benefiting from supply guarantees, owners of large private forests of more than 800 hectares in a single block, and the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et des Forêts du Québec.
Our mission is indivisible from the following values and principles, to which we fully adhere: