WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2017 - USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is adding all of South Carolina to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS says it acted following the detection of the destructive insect in four counties in the state and after South Carolina decided to establish a full state quarantine. To prevent the spread of EAB, the federal government has set specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from South Carolina, 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. Click here for more information about federal regulations and quarantine notices related to EAB.
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