A new find of emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest insect that kills ash trees, has resulted in Polk Township in Monroe County being quarantined.
This detection was found as a result of a statewide EAB survey and trapping program. The EAB surveys, part of which included the hanging of purple panel traps in trees around the state this past summer, were done as a cooperative effort of the Indiana DNR and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Polk Township and Monroe County are now quarantined for regulated ash material and hardwood firewood that could spread the pest farther into Indiana.
Robert E. Carter Jr., director of the DNR, declared the new quarantine of Polk Township, late last month.
An EAB quarantine means that regulated ash material may be moved within the affected county or township but cannot be moved out of the county or township unless the shipper has entered a compliance agreement with the DNR or the material has been mitigated so that it is incapable of spreading EAB. Regulated materials include the EAB in any living stage of development, any ash tree, limb, branch or debris of an ash tree at least 1 inch in diameter, ash log or untreated ash lumber with bark attached, or cut firewood of any non-coniferous species.
EAB, first found in Indiana in 2004, has now been identified in 21 Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, Brown, DeKalb, Elkhart, Floyd*, Hamilton, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marion, Monroe, Noble, Porter, Randolph, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White and Whitley. Ten contiguous counties in Northeast Indiana encompass an area of the state referred to as "Generally Infested." Regulated materials may be moved throughout the generally infested area.
In addition to the state-level quarantines, all of Indiana is under a federal quarantine that prohibits moving regulated ash material across state lines without a compliance agreement or permit from the USDA.
A compliance agreement can be applied for by contacting the DNR, Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology at (317) 232-4120. For a federal compliance agreement application, contact USDA, APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) at (765) 497-2859.
*NOTE: A previous press release was issued involving the Floyd County quarantine. The press release listed Greenville Township as infested and under quarantine. The township in Floyd County that has been found to have an infestation of EAB and is under quarantine is Georgetown Township.
For more information on EAB, or to report an infestation, visit http://www.entm.purdue.edu/EAB/index.shtml or call Indiana DNR's toll-free hotline at 1-866-NO EXOTIC (663-9684). To view the EAB Rule and EAB quarantine declaration visit: http://www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/
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