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Maine proposes Emerald Ash Borer quarantine rules

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive wood-boring pest of Ash trees.
The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive wood-boring pest of Ash trees.(Bryan Sidelinger)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 4:11 PM EDT
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(WABI) - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Plant Health Program and the Maine Forest Service have announced Maine is taking the next step to continue regulating the movement of ash wood material.

Moving ash infested with Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB, can spread this invasive insect to new areas.

Maine’s proposed EAB quarantine rules would maintain the prohibition on moving potentially EAB-infested materials into Maine’s non-regulated areas from other states or Canadian provinces.

”The slowing of ash mortality is vital, and the slowing of Emerald Ash Borer is vital for these adaptive management strategies to take any sort of significant effect in the ash forests that we’re trying to protect,” said Tyler Everett, the Forest Adaptation Technical Assistant for United South & Eastern Tribes.

To view all the proposed EAB quarantine rules, visit maine.gov/dacf.

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