Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest insect that kills ash trees, has been detected in Adams Township in Ripley County.
Robert E. Carter Jr., director of the DNR, declared the entire county quarantined for EAB after the state entomologist, Phil Marshall, recommended that movement within the county be limited in an effort to reduce spread of the insect. 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 restricts the movement of regulated ash materials, including 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 hardwood species, outside of the affected county. Regulated material may be moved within the county, but special permission in the form of a signed compliance agreement must be obtained from the Indiana DNR to move it outside the county borders. In general, the DNR recommends that movement of regulated materials remain limited within each county when possible to reduce spread of the insect. A compliance agreement can be applied for by contacting the Indiana DNR's Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology at (317) 232-4120.
EAB, first found in Indiana in 2004, has now been identified in 31 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, Ripley, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White and Whitley.
In addition to the state-level quarantine, all of Indiana is under a federal quarantine that prohibits moving regulated ash material out of Indiana without a compliance agreement or permit from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). 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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