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

Monday, September 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
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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, these Federal Orders outline 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.

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 available online here.

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 federal EAB program and regulations, please call National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064.

Osama El-Lissy
Deputy Administrator
Plant Protection and Quarantine


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