A new find of emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest insect that kills ash trees, has been detected in Van Buren Township in Grant County as a result of the statewide EAB survey and trapping program.
The EAB survey, part of which includes the hanging of purple panel traps in trees around the state, is a cooperative effort of the Indiana DNR and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Van Buren Township is 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 quarantine this week.
The quarantine also adds the following townships in counties that are quarantined: Harrison, Middlebury and York townships in Elkhart County; Franklin and New Albany townships in Floyd County; Clay, Jackson and Wayne townships in Kosciusko County; Northeast, Orangeville, Paoli and Stamper Creek townships in Orange County.
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 24 Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, Brown, DeKalb, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Hamilton, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lawrence, Marion, Monroe, Noble, Orange, 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.
To view quarantine areas and EAB sightings in Indiana go to the Interactive EAB Map at http://www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/5349.htm.
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 statewide 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.
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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