ALERT: Statewide quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer goes into effect 11/17/2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced late last week that the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine area will go state-wide as of Monday, November 17, 2014. The quarantine area previously covered only Berkshire and Essex County.
The quarantine order means that certain products will be prohibited from moving outside the regulated area, including all hardwood firewood (any piece of wood smaller than 48 inches), all ash nursery stock, and any ash lumber that has not been treated. Proper wood treatments include the removal of the bark plus an additional half an inch of wood, dry kiln sterilization, or fumigation/heat treatments.
Ash trees also remain one of the 13 regulated host trees for the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). The 110 square mile ALB regulated area in Worcester County restricts the movement beyond the regulated boundaries of ash along with any other ALB host tree. The ALB regulated area includes Worcester, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, Boylston, and parts of Holden and Auburn.
The full press release can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/news/2014/2014-11-12pr.pdf.
Also, please note that Connecticut is also making plans to extend their Emerald Ash Borer quarantine statewide (http://1.usa.gov/1vkKCQy)
To report a possible sighting of Emerald Ash Borer or EAB tree damage, visit http://massnrc.org/pests/eabreport.htm.