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APHIS adds all of Minnehaha County, areas in Lincoln County, and areas in Turner County in South Dakota to the regulated areas for the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of Minnehaha County in South Dakota and areas north of Highway 18 in Lincoln County and north of Highway 18 and east of Highway 19 in Turner County in South Dakota to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the expansion of EAB in these areas.

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 area. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. Continue reading

Emerald ash borer is in Charlotte, NC

in the Charlotte Observer

by Bruce Henderson

An invasive insect that has killed millions of ash trees across the U.S. has arrived in Charlotte, a city official said Tuesday.

The emerald ash borer was first detected in North Carolina in 2013 after invading most other eastern states. It was a matter of time before the metallic green beetle appeared in Charlotte, experts told the Observer earlier this spring. Continue reading

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands in Kansas to include Atchison County

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Atchison County in Kansas to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Atchison County.

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 Kansas. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Kansas is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. Continue reading

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands in Minnesota to Include Dodge County and a Portion of St. Louis County

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of Dodge County and a portion of St. Louis County in Minnesota to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Dodge and St. Louis Counties.

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 area in Minnesota. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Minnesota is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. Continue reading

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands to include all of Delaware

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of Delaware to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action at Delaware’s request in response to the detection of EAB in 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 area in Delaware. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from Delaware is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. Continue reading

National Invasive Species Awareness Week – Webinars

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is Monday, February 22 through Thursday, February 25. Hosted by the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils, this week of webinars will educate you on what’s going on in the battle against invasive species. See www.nisaw.org for more information on the weeks events. Continue reading

APHIS Removes Protected Areas In Illinois and Indiana for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing protected area status for all protected area counties in Illinois and Indiana. APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) in numerous protected area counties in both states, the rescission or expansion of state-level quarantines in these two states, and at the request of the state plant regulatory officials in Illinois and Indiana. The removal of the protected areas in these two states means that movement of regulated articles within the entirety of the contiguous quarantine area is not subject to regulatory restrictions. All of Illinois and Indiana remain under quarantine for EAB. Continue reading