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APHIS Adds More of East Fork Wildlife Area to ALB Area
Ohio Ag Connection - 08/10/2017

Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding 576 acres of the East Fork Wildlife Area in Clermont County, Ohio, to the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) regulated area. APHIS is taking this action in response to the recent detection of ALB-infested trees in the East Fork Wildlife Area. As a result, the total regulated area for ALB in Clermont County has expanded from 61 square miles to 62 square miles.

The Federal Order describes the regulated area and includes the associated reference to 7 Code of Federal Regulations 301.51 et seq. that lists the provisions for the movement of ALB-regulated articles. This action is necessary to prevent the human-assisted spread of ALB.

ALB is a destructive wood-boring pest of maple and other hardwoods. ALB was first discovered in the United States in New York in August 1996. ALB was later detected in areas of Illinois (1998), New Jersey (2002, 2004), Massachusetts (2008, 2010), and Ohio (2011). After the completion of control and regulatory activities and following confirmation surveys, the program declared ALB eradicated from Illinois (2008); Hudson County, New Jersey (2008); Islip, New York (2011); Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey (2013); Manhattan and Staten Island, New York (2013); and Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts (2014). Program activities continue in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn and Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York; Worcester County, Massachusetts; and Clermont County, Ohio.

Previous Federal Orders pertaining to the expansion of quarantined areas in the ALB domestic regulations have been necessary due to the continuing spread of ALB. This Federal Order further expands the quarantined areas as described in the previous ALB Federal Orders.

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