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EAB Regulations and Quarantines

  • June 2014 - The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) expanded the quarantine to include to include the previously non-quarantine parts of Onondaga and Madison Counties.
  • July 31, 2013 - DEC has changed its EAB quarantine boundary to match the boundaries previously set by DAM and APHIS. See links to maps below.
  • April 16, 2013 - Effective May 1, 2013, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all or part of 21 counties in New York to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). The purpose of this change is to be in line with the NYSDAM quarantine.
  • April 3, 2013 - The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) published an "Emergency/Proposed Rulemaking" announcing the expansion of their EAB quarantine, effective March 15, 2013, to include the counties of Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie, Seneca, Sullivan, Tioga and Tompkins. The rule also extends the quarantine to the southern portions of the following counties: Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida and Onondaga.
  • The state's quarantine order imposes restrictions on the intrastate movement of certain "regulated articles." 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 APHIS, 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
  • August 2011 - Orange County has been added to the DEC eastern New York quarantine area (Ulster and Greene Counties).
  • New York's order prohibits the movement of regulated articles beyond the quarantined counties without certification or compliance agreements issued by NYS DAM or USDA APHIS. The state order also restricts the movement of the regulated wood products through the quarantine district by requiring several provisions including, but not limited to documentation listing the origin and destination of shipments, and prohibiting transporters from unnecessarily stopping while traveling through the quarantine district.
  • Firewood Regulation - Limits the movement of untreated firewood to 50 miles for the purpose of protecting forests from the spread of invasive insects and diseases
  • Frequently Asked Questions - regarding the firewood regulation
  • Don't Move Firewood - connecting the movement of firewood with the spread of invasive insects and diseases

Federal Regulations, Quarantines, Treatment Methods, and Compliance Agreements Relating to Emerald Ash Borer

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ash railroad ties ready for shipment
Ash railroad ties ready for shipment
out of the quarantine area under a
compliance agreement between
USDA APHIS and the manufacturer

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