Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Union Parish in Louisiana to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Union Parish.
To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined area in Louisiana. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined area in Louisiana is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.
EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that is native to China and other areas of East Asia. The beetle is present in some portions of the United States, and because of its continuing spread, APHIS has established regulated areas that are designated in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 7 CFR 301.53-3 and the Federal Orders located at: