QUARANTINE & FIREWOOD
2015 EAB Quarantine Boundaries:
Click on the 2015 EAB Quarantine Boundaries above for the PDF which includes more in-depth maps for each boundary.
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) has announced an emergency regulation expanding the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine in New York State
- A total of 42 counties are now included in the expanded quarantine which will go into effect May 1, 2013. This is an increase of 22 counties from the previous quarantine.
- Only 13 of the counties within this quarantine currently have known EAB infestations, meaning 29 counties are in the quarantine area but currently are not known to be infested with EAB.
- The counties with known EAB infestations are: Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Steuben, Tioga, Albany, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess and Orange.
- To continue to slow the spread of EAB, decisions will have to be made locally about how to best manage infested ash material so it is not transported into un-infested areas.
Slowing the spread of EAB is crucial to give municipalities, counties, and homeowners adequate time to prepare management plans and budget for the costs of their implementation.
- These management plans would include inventories of ash trees and decisions about their treatment and/or removal in order to minimize the public health hazard presented by dead and dying ash.
Emerald Ash borer quarantines in New York State started in 2009 with Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. With the detection of new infestations the quarantine was expanded between 2009 and 2012 to include the counties of Alleghany, Chemung, Dutchess, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Schuyler, Steuben, Ulster, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.
The state's quarantine order restricts the movement of certain "regulated articles" within New York State. These articles cannot be moved out of the quarantined zone. The order specifically defines regulated articles as:
- Ash nursery stock.
- Any part of ash trees, bark, stumps, limbs, branches, and roots.
- Any article, product or means of conveyance determined by USDA or New York State to present a risk of spreading the EAB infestation.
- Any material comingled with a regulated article and there for indistinguishable from the regulated article
- Firewood from any species (both soft species and hard species).
- Wood chips and bark mulch from any tree species, larger than 1 inch in two dimensions.
- Living Emerald Ash Borer in any stage of development.
New York prohibits the movement of regulated articles beyond the quarantined zone, within New York State, without certification that the regulated article has been treated in approved manner pursuant to a compliance agreement issued by NYSDAM or under a limited permit pursuant to a compliance agreement issued by NYSDAM. The state order also restricts the movement of the regulated articles 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. The full order is posted on the Department of Agriculture and Markets website here: http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/PI/eab.html.
Firewood Regulations and Quarantine
Firewood Movement Ban
In order to slow the spread of EAB and other damaging forest pests New York State instituted a state-wide ban on firewood movement. Firewood, even in small quantities, cannot not be moved more than 50 miles. Homeowners and campers should purchase and burn firewood harvested from forests within 50 miles of their home or camp. Complete details about the ban on firewood movement, see the NYS DEC web site http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/28722.html.
The Don't Move Firewood website presents an impressive amount of information on protecting trees and forests through sensible firewood management. Look for games, videos, articles and tips for how you can help. The website is operated by The Nature Conservancy under the auspices of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases.