Notice of Comment Period for the Proposed Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine in Mower County.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting comments on the current state emergency quarantine for emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Fairemaire), in Rice County and the proposal for a state formal quarantine to be implemented in Mower County. 

Oral and written comments regarding the proposed regulations will be accepted via email, phone or fax through May 22, 2020. A public meeting will be scheduled at some point as well. Submit comments to Kimberly Thielen Cremers, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155, emailkimberly.tcremers@state.mn.usphone: (651) 201-6329, fax: (651) 201-6108.

Proposed Mower County Formal EAB Quarantine

Notice of Comment Period for the Proposed Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine in Rice County.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting comments on the current state emergency quarantine for emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Fairemaire), in Rice County and the proposal for a state formal quarantine to be implemented in Rice County. 

Oral and written comments regarding the proposed regulations will be accepted via email, phone or fax through April 30, 2020. A public meeting will be scheduled at some point as well. Submit comments to Kimberly Thielen Cremers, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155, emailkimberly.tcremers@state.mn.usphone: (651) 201-6329, fax: (651) 201-6108.

Proposed Rice County Formal EAB Quarantine

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine and Regulatory Information

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a serious invasive tree pest, and consequently a quarantine has been placed to help slow the spread of EAB to other areas in Minnesota (see Emerald Ash Borer Status in our state).

These are considered regulated articles by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA):

  • Ash logs and lumber
  • Ash tree waste
  • Ash chips and mulch
  • All hardwood firewood;

No regulated articles are legally allowed to move outside of a quarantine (untreated or treated), unless they are accompanied by a MDA certificate. MDA Certificates are only available when a Compliance Agreement (CA) is signed between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the a company, city, county, agency, or organization interested in moving the regulated article.

A CA is a written agreement between a person and a regulatory agency to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements. For more information about CAs please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact the Arrest the Pest Hotline.

Please refer to the official state quarantine for the full list of regulated articles and other important information regarding movement of regulated articles.

The EAB quarantine in Minnesota is part of a much broader quarantine effort by USDA enacted to slow the spread of EAB to states not currently infested with EAB (map).