Interstate movers and movers in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio take note! The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded the emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine to include these states. In the article (Emerald Ash Borers FAQ), the questions covered include why did the 3 states listed above get quarantined, and why did they get quarantined in their entirety instead of county by county like the gypsy moth quarantine? What is a regulated article under the quarantine along with determinations on other types of firewood and types of regulated trees is discussed. There are plenty of phone numbers for the EAB program in each affected state, and phone numbers for each affected state’s Department of Agriculture. For a map covering all quarantied areas, visit http://www.emeraldashborer.info/map.cfm.
There is also discussion how regulated articles should and shouldn’t be moved in intrastate and interstate commerce. Enforcement agencies and penalties are covered and finally the differences in the quarantines of Michigan and Maryland vs. the other quarantined states.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has this and other important environmental information, so do websites like www.dontmovefirewood.org. So if you’re an interstate mover, it’s a good idea to stay current of these and other environmental issues. Visit these websites to help stay in compliance.