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State Issues Emergency Quarantine on Ash Materials Following Emerald Ash Borer Detection

By Helen Brody (April 15, 2013)

Quarantine applies to ash materials originating in and transiting through Merrimack County

 CONCORD, N.H. – The State of New Hampshire has issued an emergency quarantine on the movement of ash materials originating in or transiting through Merrimack County following the recent discovery of the emerald ash borer in the city of Concord. Officials from the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) and Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (DAMF) announced the quarantine at a press conference in Concord on Monday, April 8.

 The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills North American species of true ash (Fraxinus spp.). Tree death occurs three to five years following initial infestation.

 The quarantine, which is effective immediately, is aimed at limiting the human-assisted spread of the insect in a way that impacts as few stakeholders as possible. Regulated articles subject to quarantine include

 ·         all life stages of the emerald ash borer;

·         hardwood firewood—split or unsplit—of less than four feet in length;

·         all species of Fraxinus (ash): nursery stock, green lumber, logs, any other material living, dead, cut or fallen, including chips, stumps, branches, roots and debris;

·         woodchips consisting in any part of Fraxinus (ash) chips, and

·         any article, product or means of conveyance not listed above if an inspector determines that it presents a risk of spreading emerald ash borer.

 Materials under quarantine may be moved within MerrimackCounty but are prohibited from being moved outside of MerrimackCounty unless there is a compliance agreement with DAMF for intrastate movement. Failure to comply with these regulations is considered a violation of the quarantine and could result in penalties.

 Following a 30-day public comment period (ending May 8, 2013), revisions to the quarantine may be incorporated.

Officials are asking New Hampshire citizens to familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of emerald ash borer infestation at http://www.nhbugs.org and keep an eye out for the beetle. Call UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry information Center hotline at 800-444-8978 hotline for more help and information.

 Ash makes up about six percent of New Hampshire’s northern hardwood forests, and it’s a common landscape tree.

  Emerald ash borer is native to Southeast Asia. It was first detected in North America in the Detroit, Michigan, area in 2002. The New Hampshire detection of emerald ash borer is unwelcome but not unexpected.

 “We have been monitoring the emerald ash borer’s eastward march and preparing for its arrival here,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill. The state began implementing its emerald ash borer action plan when the beetle was detected.

 The State of New Hampshire implemented a firewood quarantine in 2011 to help prevent the arrival of EAB and other damaging insects by prohibiting uncertified firewood from entering the state. The firewood quarantine remains in effect.

 To report a suspect ash tree, go to http://nhbugs.org/invasive-insect-reporting-form or call the forestry hotline.

 For help identifying ash trees, visit http://bit.ly/14WwmzY.

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