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Subject: APHIS Adds the Entirety of Madison and Onondaga Counties in New York to the 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 adding entirety of Madison and Onondaga Counties in New York to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in the non-regulated portion of Onondaga County and neighboring Madison County due to the proximity to infested areas, and known patterns of movement of regulated articles.
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 the quarantined areas in New York in order to prevent the spread of EAB to other states. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in New York 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, which are designated in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 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 more information about the EAB program and federal EAB regulations, please call EAB National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064.
Plant Protection and Quarantine