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The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Reminds Public of Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine





South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release

 

 

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2020

Media Contact: Brian Walsh, 605.773.3296

 

 

 

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Reminds Public of Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind the public about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine. The quarantine, which restricting the movement of firewood and other regulated materials, applies 12 months of the year and does not end after Labor Day. The public shall not move firewood out of the quarantine area because live EAB can still be present as larvae or pupae and they may continue to live within the tree, resulting in a new infestation.

 

The quarantine restricts the movement of firewood and ash materials from Lincoln, Turner, and Minnehaha Counties year-round. The regulated ash materials include: ash nursery stock; ash logs, lumber, wood chips or mulch, including trimmed ash tree branches; and pallets made of ash. Movement of firewood from any hardwood species, whether intended for commercial or private use, is also restricted by the quarantine.

 

“Many misunderstand the quarantine dates believing it is only in effect between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” says Dale Anderson, SDDA Plant Quarantine and Pest Survey Specialist. “This period represents the approximate beginning and end of when the EAB may exist as an adult beetle, but the quarantine is in place year-round.”  

 

The EAB quarantine, which has been in place in Minnehaha county since 2018 and in Lincoln and Turner counties since May of 2020, is a joint federal and state effort to slow EAB movement in South Dakota. Participating agencies include SDDA and the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information about the quarantine visit http://emeraldashborerinsouthdakota.sd.gov/.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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