APHIS Expands Gypsy Moth (GM) Regulated Area to Include Taylor County Wisconsin

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August 5, 2015




Subject:           APHIS Adds Taylor County, Wisconsin, to the Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) Regulated Area

To:                  State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Taylor County in Wisconsin to the list of regulated areas for the gypsy moth (GM). The GM population in the county has reached the threshold  to trigger the regulated area.

To prevent the further spread of GM, the attached Federal Order establishes Taylor County in Wisconsin as a regulated area. Effective immediately, all interstate movement of GM-regulated articles from Taylor County must be handled in accordance with the attached Federal Order. Wisconsin has established a parallel state quarantine.

GM is a highly destructive insect of approximately 300 species of trees and shrubs. The GM program prescribes conditions for the interstate movement of regulated articles from GM quarantine areas. The federal and state partnership limits the establishment of GM outside the quarantine area that would result from human-assisted movement of the pest. We appreciate the cooperative relationship with Wisconsin in the effort to limit the spread of this pest.

For more information about the GM program and Federal GM regulations, you may call  GM National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064.




Osama El-Lissy

Deputy Administrator

lant Protection and Quarantine