APHIS meeting discusses new emerald ash borer plan

A recent meeting of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) revealed the development of a comprehensive plan with the U.S. Forest Service that includes biocontrol for managing the emerald ash borer (EAB) following deregulation of the pest in an effort to communicate the Agency’s commitment to stopping its spread.

APHIS has determined that the Federal quarantine has not been effective in controlling the spread of EAB. Therefore, APHIS is publishing a proposed rule to remove the EAB domestic quarantine. Removing the domestic quarantine will allow APHIS to focus resources on biocontrol and other control options to mitigate the impact of EAB.

APHIS is working with the National Plant Board to ensure non-regulatory action plans at the State level are harmonized to the greatest extent possible within the limitations of varying state authorities.

APHIS will partner with industry on current and future solutions for controlling EAB.

APHIS is supporting the National Plant Board as they work on a template for state-level harmonized approach to facilitate the safe movement of firewood.