The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today added Orange County to its eastern state quarantine area (Ulster and Greene Counties) to prevent the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a tree-killing beetle. The Emergency Quarantine Order encompasses all of Orange County and restricts the movement of ash trees, ash products, and firewood from all wood species in order to limit the potential introduction of EAB to other areas of the state.
The amended Order, which includes updated rules and regulations, will go into effect 10 days after filing with the clerks of the affected counties and would remain in effect until modified by further Order or permanent rulemaking. With Orange County added, a total of nineteen counties in New York will be quarantined.
On July 13, 2011, an adult EAB was discovered in an EAB purple prism trap that was hung in an ash tree at the West Point campus. Identification as EAB was confirmed by USDA APHIS. The purple prism trap is a tool used to detect new EAB infestations. An initial site investigation by DEC regional staff, Cornell University and West Point Natural Resources staff did not find any infested ash trees or the possible source of the EAB introduction.
The state’s quarantine Order requires restrictions on the intrastate movement of certain “regulated articles” – for instance, ash trees, certain wood products, and the Emerald Ash Borer. The Order specifically defines regulated articles as:
- Entire ash trees of any size, inclusive of nursery stock.
- Any part of ash trees, including leaves, bark, stumps, limbs, branches, and roots.
- Ash lumber or ash logs of any length.
- Any item made from or containing ash wood.
- Any article, product or means of conveyance determined by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) or the Department to present a risk of spreading the EAB infestation.
- Firewood from any tree species.
- Wood chips and bark mulch from any tree species, larger than 1 inch in two dimensions, whether composted or uncomposted.
More information on Regulations and Quarantines can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/47761.html.
Additional information on the Emerald Ash Borer can be found at: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7253.html.
Source: CCE News August 29, 2011