Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
*** The 2016 Emerald Ash Borer trapping season is complete. EAB was found in four new counties, and a regional quarantine has been proposed (see "Quarantine Map" link for more detail). Comments on the proposed regional quarantine may be submitted here through September 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. EST.
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an insect that belongs to a group of metallic wood-boring beetles. Unlike our native beetles that kill weakened trees as part of the natural nutrient recycling process, emerald ash borers kill vigorously growing and weakened ash trees. It is not native to the United States and was first found near Detroit, Michigan in 2002. EAB is now found in 25 states and has already killed tens of millions of ash trees.
EAB was discovered in DeKalb and Fulton Counties, Georgia, in July 2013 as part of the national detection survey funded by the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Georgia has been part of a nationwide trapping program to detect the presence of this forest pest since 2005. As part of this trapping program, EAB was found in nine more counties in 2014: Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, Fayette, Henry, Newton, Rockdale, Walton and Whitfield. In 2015 another 710 traps were placed around the state and EAB was found in seven new counties: Barrow, Cherokee, Douglas, Fannin, Habersham, Murray, and White. In 2016, EAB was found in four new counties: Bartow, Gilmer, Rabun and Union.
With the addition of four new counties in 2016, it is proposed that the quarantine move to a regional-level quarantine. A map of the proposed quarantine area can be found here. The Georgia Forestry Commission and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are taking comments on these proposed changes to the quarantine area for 30 days. Written comments will be accepted until September 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. EST. New regulations will go into effect in October 2016. Comments can be submitted online here, or via U.S. mail (or other carrier) to the following address:
Georgia Forestry Commission
Attn: Robert Farris, Director
5645 Riggins Mill Road
Dry Branch, GA 31020
All comments must reach GFC by September 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. EST to be considered.
The state of Georgia (both Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Department of Agriculture) is concerned about this pest spreading unchecked. For this reason, quarantined areas have been delineated to prevent potentially infested ash wood from spreading outside this area. As Emerald Ash Borer is detected in new counties, the quarantined area will be updated. Please continue to check this page for any updates to the EAB Quarantine.
|David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org photo credit|
As of August 31, 2016, EAB has been found in the following counties in Georgia. To see a map of the proposed quarantine area, see link on top right of this page.
Both agencies will work with forest landowners, loggers, mills, firewood producers, nurseries, municipalities, and others to ensure that commerce can still occur while safeguards are in place to prevent ash borer movement. All updates to the regulations will be announced on this website. Please check back periodically.
For detailed information about the emerald ash borer and ash trees, visit www.gainvasives.org/eab.
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