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The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding 28 square miles in the Towns of Oyster Bay, Huntington, and Babylon on Long Island, New York, to the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) regulated area. APHIS is taking this action in response to the recent detection of ALB-infested trees on Long Island. As a result, the total regulated area for ALB has expanded from 23-square miles to 51-square miles on Long Island.
The Federal Order describes the regulated area and includes the associated reference to the Code of Federal Regulations at Section 7 CFR Part 301.51 et seq. that lists the provisions for the movement of ALB-regulated articles. This action is necessary to prevent the human-assisted spread of ALB. The Federal Order can be viewed online at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/asian_lhb/downloads/DA-2014-20.pdf
ALB is a destructive wood-boring pest of maple and other hardwoods. ALB was first discovered in the United States in Brooklyn, New York in August 1996. Subsequent ALB finds occurred in Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Ohio. After the completion of control and regulatory activities and confirmation surveys, ALB has been eradicated in Illinois; New Jersey; and Islip, Manhattan and Staten Island, New York.