APHIS Adds Merrimack County, New Hampshire to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area

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Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Merrimack County, New Hampshire to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis. APHIS is taking this action in response to the confirmation of EAB in Merrimack County, New Hampshire in April 2013.

The attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from Merrimack County, New Hampshire in order to prevent the spread of EAB to other states. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from Merrimack County, New Hampshire is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.

EAB is present in some portions of the United States. Due to the continuing spread of EAB, APHIS has established regulated areas, which are designated in the Federal regulations located at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders located at the following APHIS website:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/emerald_ash_b/quarantine.shtml

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