USDA Quarantines 13 Counties in Michigan for Emerald Ash Borer
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced that it is quarantining 13 counties in Michigan because of the emerald ash borer (EAB), and restricting the interstate movement of regulated articles from these quarantine areas.
This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of EAB from infested areas in Michigan to non-infested areas of the United States. EAB is a destructive, non-native, wood-boring insect that attacks ash trees and eventually kills them. This plant pest has already caused an estimated $11.6 million in landscape industry and wood lot losses and approximately $2 million in lost nursery stock sales. The potential devastation to other forests should this insect spread is enormous.
Quarantined counties, consistent with already issued state quarantines, are Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, Mich.