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FOR INFORMATION AND ACTION
July 11, 2014
SUBJECT: APHIS Adds All of New Jersey 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 emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) to include all the entire State of New Jersey. APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) in New Jersey.
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 New Jersey. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from New Jersey 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 the spread of 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 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.
Plant Protection and Quarantine