Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect that kills ash trees, has been detected in Fulton, Hancock, Lake, and Marshall counties.
State entomologist Phil Marshall has recommended that movement of regulated ash material and hardwood firewood within these counties be limited to reduce further spread of the insect.
These counties will be part of a new quarantine approach in which the northern half of Indiana, bordered on the southern edge by Benton, Tippecanoe, Boone, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Madison, Delaware, and Randolph counties, will be considered "generally infested." Movement of regulated ash items within the generally infested area is no longer restricted. To move regulated materials outside of this generally infested area, a compliance agreement must be obtained from the Indiana DNR.
Infested counties in southern Indiana are quarantined on a county-by-county basis. Movement of regulated material may occur within the county. Movement of regulated material out of the infested county, even to an adjacent infested county, is restricted and may be done only under a compliance agreement with DNR.
Regulated materials include whole ash trees, limbs, branches or debris of ash trees measuring 1 inch or more in diameter, ash logs or untreated ash lumber with bark attached, and cut firewood of any hardwood species with bark attached.
These materials may be moved within the generally infested area, but special permission in the form of a signed compliance agreement must be obtained from the DNR to move regulated materials outside of the generally infested area in the northern part of the state.
An application for a compliance agreement can be filed by contacting the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology at (317) 232-4120. To view quarantined areas and EAB sightings in Indiana, see 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 the movement of regulated 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 at (765) 497-2859.
EAB, first detected in Indiana in 2004, has now been found in 42 Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Brown, Carroll, Cass, DeKalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Floyd, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Miami, Monroe, Noble, Orange, Porter, Randolph, Ripley, St. Joseph, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Wabash, Washington, Wells, White and Whitley.
For more information on EAB, or to report an infestation, visit www.eabindiana.info 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/3443.htm
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