APHIS ADDS ALL OF MARYLAND TO THE EMERALD ASH BORER REGULATED AREA

July 23, 2015

Effective August 1, 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of Maryland to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action at Maryland’s request in response to the detections of EAB in multiple counties throughout Maryland.

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined areas in Maryland. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Maryland is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.

EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that is native to China and other areas of East Asia. The beetle is present in some portions of the United States, and because of its continuing spread, APHIS has established regulated areas that are designated in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders located at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/eab_quarantine

The interstate movement of firewood from quarantined areas is an especially high-risk pathway for the spread of EAB. Therefore, APHIS works with state cooperators and foresters to prevent the human assisted movement of EAB, develop biological and other controls for EAB, and raise public awareness about this pest and the potential threats associated with the long-distance movement of firewood.

For more information about the EAB program and federal EAB regulations, please call EAB National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064.

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