Monday, February 5, 2007

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

In the summer of 2002, scientists detected a new exotic insect in six southeast Michigan counties -- Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne. This pest, known as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB for short), is an invasive species originally from Asia and previously unknown in North America that attacks ash trees. To date, it has killed or damaged millions of ash trees in Michigan. It has been detected in Ohio, Indiana, and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. In November of 2006 the United States Department Of Agriculture Announced that there would be a quarantine on the interstate transportation of Ash trees for Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Here is a link to the fact sheet. APHIS Plant Protection And Quarantine Fact Sheet

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