USDA Regulates Pine Shoot Beetle Host Material from Canada

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced new regulations for pine shoot beetle host material imported into the United States from Canada. The interim rule harmonizes U.S. regulations for trade in these materials with regulations in place in Canada.

With this interim rule, pine nursery stock, as well as pine products that consist of pine bark or have pine bark attached, must meet certain requirements regarding documentation, treatment, handling and utilization before they can enter the United States. A written permit is required for the importation of all restricted pine articles from Canada, except seed, regardless of its U.S. destination.

This action will help prevent the introduction and spread of the pine shoot beetle into non-infested areas of the United States. The pine shoot beetle currently infests portions of the northeastern United States.

The pine shoot beetle is a vector of several pine tree diseases that can cause economic losses to the timber, Christmas tree and nursery industries. This pest tunnels into the center of pine shoots causing stunted and distorted growth.

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