Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Area Expanded to Entire State of Maryland

On July 23, 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued federal order that placed all of Maryland to the list of regulated areas for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This summer, the Maryland Department of Agriculture's forest pest survey program found EAB in Queen Anne's, Talbot, and Dorchester counties on the Eastern Shore for the first time, prompting the expansion of the quarantine area across the Chesapeake Bay.

According to Anne Hairston-Strang of the Maryland DNR Forest Service, "Ash products can transported within the very large multi-state quarantine zone. Policies such as not moving firewood and buying local wood are still strongly encouraged to avoid hastening the spread of EAB and other pests or diseases."

The statement and Federal Order from APHIS can be read here. For more details on the federal EAB regulatory program, you may call EAB National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064. For information on the regulatory requirements to move articles out of quarantined areas in Maryland, please call Acting APHIS State Plant Health Director Matthew Travis at 410-288-5541.

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