TRANSFER Emerald Ash Borer Asian Longhorned Beetle Animal and Plant Health

  • Published 2006


The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) followed the Science Advisory Panel’s recommendation to survey the entire state for emerald ash borer (EAB) at a goal density of 18 trees per township. Visual survey, detection trees, and destructive sampling were all methods used to identify new EAB populations. Between January and June 2006, 9,673 detection trees were set across Ohio. Both public and private lands were used with permission from all landowners. At this time, 43 positives trees were found, ten in new areas previously unquarantined. Regardless of apparent severity of infestation, quarantines are now assigned to entire counties instead of townships or portions of counties. Ohio has no eradications planned at this time. Only infestations found that are small, have a known source, are far beyond the leading edge and are likely to be eradicated will be considered for removal measures. Widespread eradications have been suspended because of their expense, the forecasted lack of federal funds, increasing pushback from the public, and the speculation that large, multi-year infestations may not be eliminated by tree removal. Compliance Agreement issuance has been steadily increasing. The process has been streamlined by determining whether movement of regulated articles to or from the facility is intrastate or interstate and by dividing responsibility for monitoring between USDA and ODA employees. Currently, 121 active agreements have been signed with facilities that consent to be inspected regularly. Firewood Blitzes have played a major role in the regulatory program: at road blocks, campground entrances, and ferry docks, over 12,413 vehicles were encountered by ODA staff and over 8,000 pieces of potentially infested fi rewood intercepted. In an effort to reach the campers who are potentially spreading EAB through fi rewood, 448 “Don’t Move Firewood” campground signs were distributed across the state to both public and private parks. To help motorists be aware of the quarantine lines, 40 signs were posted at state and interstate routes exiting from quarantined areas. 14 press releases were distributed to media outlets statewide detailing quarantine updates in Ohio and in surrounding states. The general public has been very receptive and is responsible for alerting program offi cials to many possible outbreaks. Over 3,264 hotline calls were answered in the offi ce and 385 webmail inquiries sent through the website. Ninty-two public events were held, most in conjunction with other EAB Task Force agencies to explain the regulations concerning EAB infestation. Included in that number are numerous presentations and booths at trade shows, industry fairs, and outdoor festivals designed to educate Ohio citizens about EAB. __________________________________________________ Emerald Ash Borer Program Reports 3 EMERALD ASH BORER AND ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW MEETING—2006 MANAGING THE EMERALD ASH BORER IN CANADA

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@inproceedings{BORER2006TRANSFEREA, title={TRANSFER Emerald Ash Borer Asian Longhorned Beetle Animal and Plant Health}, author={EMERALD ASH BORER and LONGHORHED BEETLE and Gregory Parra}, year={2006} }