The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands to include Harrison County Texas

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Subject: APHIS Adds Harrison County in Texas 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 Harrison County in Texas 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 Harrison County.


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 area in Texas. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from Harrison County, Texas 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 (CFR) at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders located at:


The interstate movement of firewood from quarantined areas is an especially high-risk pathway for the spread of EAB. Therefore, APHIS works with state cooperators and foresters to prevent the 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 the long-distance movement of firewood.


For more information about the federal EAB program and regulations, please call National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064.


Osama El-Lissy

Deputy Administrator

Plant Protection and Quarantine



Domestic Quarantine of Harrison County in Texas for Emerald Ash Borer

(Agrilus planipennis) 





This Federal Order expands the list of regulated areas for emerald ash borer (EAB) to include Harrison County in Texas.


This Federal Order is issued in accordance with the regulatory authority provided by the Plant Protection Act of June 20, 2000, as amended, Section 412(a), 7 U.S.C. 7712(a). The Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to prohibit or restrict the movement in interstate commerce of any plant, plant part, or article, if the Secretary determines the prohibition or restriction is necessary to prevent the dissemination of a plant pest within the United States. This Federal Order is also issued pursuant to the regulations promulgated under the Plant Protection Act found at 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 301.53.


Effective immediately, this Federal Order quarantines Harrison County in Texas for EAB. This action responds to the detection of EAB in Harrison County. Thus, the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) finds it necessary to regulate this county to prevent the spread of EAB. Effective immediately, all interstate movement of EAB regulated articles from Harrison County must be done in accordance with any applicable provisions of this Federal Order and the regulations promulgated pursuant to the Plant Protection Act found at 7 CFR 301.53 et seq and the Federal Orders located at:


Section 7 CFR 301.53-3(a) allows the designation of less than an entire state as an EAB quarantined area only when the APHIS Administrator has determined—as in this case—that the designation of less than an entire state as a quarantined EAB area is adequate to prevent the interstate spread of infestations of EAB. In addition, 7 CFR 301.53-3(a) requires that the state enforce an intrastate EAB quarantine that is equivalent to the federal EAB regulations. The state plant regulatory official for Texas has confirmed the establishment of an intrastate quarantine for the regulated area that mirrors the federal regulatory requirements as specified in 7 CFR 301.53.


Section 7 CFR 301.53-3 (b) provides for the temporary designation of new quarantined areas pending publication of a rule to add counties to the list shown in 7 CFR 301.53-3(c). Section 7 CFR 301.53-3 (b) further requires written notification to the owner or person who possesses a newly quarantined area. This is the responsibility of the federal and/or state regulatory personnel who are responsible for the EAB program in the affected state.


Previous Federal Orders pertaining to the expansion of quarantined areas in the EAB domestic regulations have been necessary due to the continuing spread of EAB. This Federal Order further expands the quarantined areas as described in the previous EAB Federal Orders.


We continue to appreciate the cooperative relationship with Texas in our effort to prevent the spread of EAB.


For more information on the federal EAB regulatory program, please call National Policy Manager Paul Chaloux at 301-851-2064. For information on the regulatory requirements to move articles out of quarantined areas in Texas, please call APHIS State Plant Health Director Stuart Kuehn at 512-916-5241.