APHIS ADDS ALL OF NEW YORK TO THE EMERALD ASH BORER (AGRILUS PLANIPENNIS) REGULATED AREA

April 28, 2015

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

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 New York. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in New York 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 at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders located at:

www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/eab_quarantine

The interstate movement of firewood from quarantine 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.

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