APHIS Expands emerald ash borer (EAB) Regulated Area to Include Entire State of Iowa

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March 7, 2014


SUBJECT:      APHIS Adds Entirety of Iowa to Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus Planipennis) Regulated Area


TO:                  State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials


Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) to include the entire state of Iowa. APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) in widely separated locations in the state. APHIS previously regulated only a portion of Iowa due to the establishment and enforcement of equivalent state quarantines. However, Iowa has now expanded its EAB quarantine to include all counties in the state. For this reason, APHIS is adding all of Iowa to its list of regulated areas to prevent the spread of EAB to other states.


The attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from Iowa to prevent the spread of EAB to other states. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from Iowa is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.


EAB is an invasive wood boring beetle that is native to China and other areas of East Asia. The beetle is present in some portions of the United States, and because of its continuing spread, APHIS has established regulated areas that are designated in the Code of Federal Regulations at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders located at:




The interstate movement of firewood from quarantine areas is an especially high-risk pathway for spreading EAB. Therefore, APHIS works with State cooperators and foresters to prevent human assisted movement of EAB, develop biological and other controls for EAB, and raise public awareness about this pest and the potential threats associated with long distance movement of firewood.


For additional information regarding the EAB program and Federal EAB regulations, please call National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064.




Osama El-Lissy

Deputy Administrator

Plant Protection and Quarantine