Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest insect that kills ash trees, has been detected in Madison and Washington counties.
As a result, state entomologist Phil Marshall has recommended that movement of ash, regulated ash material and hardwood firewood within these counties be limited to reduce spread of the insect. The process to quarantine these two counties has started, but has yet not become official. A later press release will announce the official quarantine.
To view quarantined areas and EAB sightings in Indiana go to the DNR's interactive EAB Map at http://www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/5349.htm.
If put in place, an EAB quarantine would restrict the movement of regulated ash materials, including whole ash trees, limbs, branches or debris of ash trees at least 1 inch in diameter, ash logs or untreated ash lumber with bark attached, or cut firewood of any hardwood species, outside either county. Regulated ash material and hardwood firewood 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 such wood outside the county borders. In general, the DNR recommends that movement remain limited within each county when possible to reduce spread of the insect within the county. 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 37 Indiana counties (with 35 counties currently under quarantine): Adams, Allen, Blackford, Brown, Carroll, Cass, DeKalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Hamilton, Harrison, Hendricks, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Miami, Monroe, Noble, Orange, Porter, Randolph, Ripley, St. Joseph, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Wabash, Washington, 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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