Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest insect that kills ash trees, has been detected in Washington Township in Blackford County and Columbia Township in Dubois County through the statewide EAB survey and trapping program.
Washington Township in Blackford County and Columbia Township in Dubois 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 quarantine this week. The new quarantine order also adds the following townships in counties that were already quarantined: Washington Township in Grant County and Center Township in Porter County.
The EAB survey through which the detections were made includes the hanging of purple panel traps in trees around the state. The survey is a cooperative effort of the Indiana DNR and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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 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 26 Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Brown, DeKalb, Dubois, 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 quarantine, 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 state 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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