For immediate release: Nov 10, 2009
Posted by: [DNR]
Contact: Phil Marshall
Phone: (317) 232-4189

Four counties added to emerald ash borer/wood quarantine

Four new finds of emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest insect that kills ash trees, were recently detected in Delaware, Harrison, Jay, and Miami counties.

These detections resulted from theEAB survey and trapping program. The EAB survey, which includes the hanging of purple panel traps in trees and girdled trap trees, is a cooperative effort of the Indiana DNR and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Robert E. Carter Jr., director of the DNR, declared the four counties, in their entirety, quarantined for EAB. This pest has been found in localized areas of each county and the state entomologist, Phil Marshall, recommended that movement within the county be limited in an effort to reduce spread. To view quarantined areas and EAB sightings in Indiana go to the Interactive EAB Map at http://www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/5349.htm.

An EAB quarantine means that regulated ash material may be moved within the affected county but cannot be moved out of the county 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 30 Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Brown, DeKalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Hamilton, Harrison, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lawrence, Marion, Miami, Monroe, Noble, Orange, Porter, Randolph, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White and Whitley.

In Dubois and White counties, the movement of regulated materials is limited to the infested townships within each county. For Dubois and White counties the infestation is limited in size, and thus it is beneficial to quarantine the infested townships to prevent further spread in the county.  

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 counties.

For all other quarantined counties, regulated material may move within the county, but may not move outside of the county unless under a compliance agreement with DNR. The DNR recommends that movement of regulated materials remain limited within each county to reduce spread. 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 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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